6 August 2016, SHAH ALAM – The Junior Chamber International Petaling Jaya (JCI PJ), in collaboration with University Malaya, UM Medical Centre, and Kuen Cheng High School, is pleased to present “Stand by Me“, a charity concert performed by Kuen Cheng High School’s Wind Orchestra. This year, the young musicians will perform to raise funds for the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) Childhood Cancer Trust Fund. The orchestra was led by the illustrious Dato’ Wong Chee Hwa (D.K.S.D) (A.D.P).
JCI PJ Organising Chairman K.C. Har said, “The Stand By Me concert aims to help and support families with children that suffers from cancer. Every bit of assistance means a lot to these families. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all our partners and supporters for your kind effort, support, and contributions.”
“The Stand By Me project is one of JCI PJ’s annual signature events and the organisation have been organizing various fund-raising projects since 2013 for the JCI PJ-UMMC Childhood Cancer Trust Fund. This is the first time they are collaborating with international awards winner, Kuen Cheng High School Wind Orchestra, formed since 1971. We hope that by organizing this meaningful event, we are not only supporting children with cancer but to create awareness on childhood cancer. We are overwhelmed by the time and commitment that these extraordinary youths have put into this concert. This is not only a platform for them to showcase their talents but more importantly, to empower youths to contribute towards positive change,” added Har.
According to Professor Hany Ariffin, Head of the Paediatric Oncology Unit at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), “Childhood cancer is highly curable with 75-80% of children obtaining long-term cure. Given the likelihood of treatment success, we hope to give all our young patients, especially those who cannot afford treatment, the opportunity to achieve this.”
This charity fund-raising event aims to raise funds for childhood cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at UMMC, a leader in the management of childhood cancer. Since the 1970s, more than 5000 children with various types of malignancies have been successfully treated. Being a tertiary referral centre, UMMC receives paediatric cancer patients from within and outside Klang Valley. The majority (64%) of the patient families have household incomes of less than RM4,000 per month and 12% live below the poverty line.
The concert, held at the Shah Alam Royal Theatre, was made possible with the support of venue partner Majlis Bandaraya Shah Alam, strategic partner Selangor Youth Community (SAY), and design and marketing partner The Bridge.
The charity concert was graced by Professor Dr. Hany Binti Mohd Arrifin, Professor and Consultant Paediatric Oncologist and Haematologist, Madam Tan Tat Chin, Vice Chairman Board of Director Kuen Cheng High School, Madam Chong Siew Fah, Vice Principal of Kuen Cheng High School, YB Pn. Rodziah Binti Ismail, Selangor State Assembly Woman for Batu Tiga, Pn Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din, General Manager of Tourism Selangor, and Pn Elya Marini Binti Darmin, Setiausaha Dewan Negeri Selangor.
About JCI PJ:
JCI PJ is an award winning chapter and has been awarded the Most Outstanding Local Organization in Malaysia since 2009. JCI PJ emphasizes on giving back to the community and believes that serving humanity is the best work of life. Since their existence 35 years ago, it has then grown to greater heights of its existence and its fantastic results can be seen in four areas of opportunities, namely Individual, Business, International and Community.
About University Malaya Medical Centre Childhood Cancer Research (UMMC):
Over the past 50 years, UM has pioneered many milestones in our Malaysian medical history. UM is the oldest university in Malaysia and was the first teaching university in the country. UMCC is the leader in the management of childhood cancer. The cure rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer is at 81%. The Stand By Me concert aims to help and support families with children that suffers from cancer.
About Kuen Cheng High School Wind Orchestra
Kuen Cheng High School Wind Orchestra is the performing orchestra for this event, led by the illustrious Dato’ Wong Chee Hwa (D.K.S.D) (A.D.P). It was formed in 1971, almost 40 years ago. The orchestra comprises of talented and enthusiastic members who are passionate about musical performances. They are the winners for the international wind band competition for Chinese schools (Gold Award) for both 2011 and 2013.