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Charity Run for Kidney Patients

Written by  Liong Foh Heng & Chong Wun Hong, Keningau / Translated by Ong Mooi Lin

The charity run, which took about a year to plan and prepare, attracted participation from over 2,300 people. [Photograph by Goh Yoong Khooi]

Tzu Chi Keningau organized a charity run to raise funds for the extension of the Keningau Hospital’s Haemodialysis Centre. It received positive support from the district council, hospitals, schools, religious organizations, Chinese associations, police bureau, voluntary organizations, and the public at large.


The charity run, which took about a year to plan and prepare, was held on November 4, 2018, and attracted 2,322 participants, including over a thousand students, some elderly people and children.

At 6 am sharp, and at the waving of flags by Datuk Stephen Wong, Sabah’s Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing, and honourable guests, the participants began the 10 km run from the Keningau Sports Complex.

Datuk Wong said, “This is a very meaningful charity run and I am very supportive of this love-spreading event. Apart from raising funds for the extension of the Keningau Hospital’s Haemodialysis Centre, it also creates public awareness on kidney care.”

Supportive hospital personnel

Dr Li Qin Zhi of Keningau Hospital invited many medical personnel from Kota Kinabalu Hospital to participate in this charity run together with him. He said, “As many as 120 medical personnel participated in this charity run and 70 of them are doctors.”

Director of Keningau Hospital, Dr Loly Mealonny Geoffrey expressed, “I am grateful to Tzu Chi for organizing this charity run to raise funds for the extension of Keningau Hospital’s Haemodialysis Centre. Due to space limitation, the hospital is unable to accept more kidney patients for dialysis treatments. Now, the extension will allow more kidney patients to receive adequate dialysis treatments. Apart from fundraising, this activity also helps to create awareness that prevention is better than cure. I hope that the people can take good care of their kidneys, drink more plain water and reduce the intake of sugar because a majority of kidney patients are those who suffer from diabetes and hypertension.”

Benefitting more kidney patients

Other than medical personnel, some government officials also lent their support to the charity run. Assistant District Officer, Ahmad Shah Mohd Sunoh remarked, “This charity run is very meaningful. In addition to raising funds, it also enhances public awareness on kidney disease.”

President of Keningau Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Koh Kian Ling said, “As a businessman, I should give my full support within my ability. This is my first participation in Tzu Chi’s charity run. If there are similar activities organized by Tzu Chi in the future, I shall appeal to all Chinese associations to offer their full support.”

President of Keningau Hakka Association, Peng Ci Xing, who is a kidney patient himself, has undergone dialysis treatments for ten months now. Since contracting the disease, he has cultivated the good habit of having morning exercises daily to improve his health. He acknowledged the success of this charity run with over 2,000 participants.

Among the participants, Omrah ran with a mascot – a red “kidney” made of Styrofoam. He explained, “This mascot is the creative idea from my employers, who hoped to attract the participants’ attention and enhance their awareness on kidney disease.” Even though his lady boss was feeling unwell, she persisted until she completed the run.

Another participant, Arnie remarked, “This charity run is a great help to Keningau Hospital and will benefit the Keningau folks. I am proud to be one of the participants.”

Coordinator of the charity run, Wu Zhong Mian said, “This charity run is an awareness campaign, with the hope that the public will start taking care of their kidneys and that the kidney patients can get proper and better treatments.”

Another Coordinator of the charity run, Lin Zhen Wei commented, “It is worrying to see kidney disease occurring in younger people. Besides the charity run, we also visited schools to promote the importance of kidney care and the concepts of healthy diet. I also learnt from this charity run that it requires teamwork to accomplish a mission.”

Creative way to promote environmental protection

In order to promote environmental protection concepts, students of SMJK Ken Hwa used their creative ideas to make replicas of electric saw, turtles, and more from recyclables. They also set up a photo booth at the exhibition area to enable participants to take pictures for remembrance when they returned to the sports complex.

In the middle of the field stood a wishing tree with leaves made from used PET bottles, and a junk bicycle as decoration. At the booth of Da.Ai Technology, a television was used to show the production processes of Da.Ai Technology products. Many of the participants were amazed to learn that used PET bottles could be recycled to produce backpacks, sunglasses, and other items. The knowledge enhanced their awareness in environmental protection and the importance of recycling.

Besides charity sale of vegetarian food, volunteers also promoted Jing-Si products, hoping the public will use reuseable eating utensils and uphold vegetarianism, for better health and to reduce carbon footprints to protect the Earth.

While benefitting kidney patients with improved dialysis facilities, it is hoped that the public are inspired to adopt a healthy eating habit and lifestyle, and make good use of their healthy bodies to do good deeds.

 

 

Accompanied by Tzu Chi volunteers, Sabah’s Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing, Datuk Stephen Wong (right), and the honourable guests, led the public to begin the charity run. [Photograph by Cheong Yuen Ching]   Dr Loly Mealonny Geoffrey (left) was grateful for Tzu Chi volunteers' efforts in raising funds for the extension project. She is seen here visiting the exhibition booths in the company of volunteer Tan Beng Fun. [Photograph by Goh Yoong Khooi]

Accompanied by Tzu Chi volunteers, Sabah’s Minister of Health and People’s Wellbeing, Datuk Stephen Wong (right), and the honourable guests, led the public to begin the charity run. [Photograph by Cheong Yuen Ching]
 
Dr Loly Mealonny Geoffrey (left) was grateful for Tzu Chi volunteers' efforts in raising funds for the extension project. She is seen here visiting the exhibition booths in the company of volunteer Tan Beng Fun. [Photograph by Goh Yoong Khooi]
 
Omrah ran with a mascot – a red “kidney” made of Styrofoam, with the hope to raise public awareness on kidney disease. [Photograph by Tony Lai]   Volunteers shared with the public the production process of eco-friendly products by DA.AI Technology, and encouraged everyone to protect the environment. [Photograph by Koh Sin Choon]

Omrah ran with a mascot – a red “kidney” made of Styrofoam, with the hope to raise public awareness on kidney disease. [Photograph by Tony Lai]
 
Volunteers shared with the public the production process of eco-friendly products by DA.AI Technology, and encouraged everyone to protect the environment. [Photograph by Koh Sin Choon]