The “Cycle for Cancer Patients – YOU MATTER!” charity event was held on early morning of 15th July, 2012 (Sunday) from the Department of Radiotherapy, Oncology & Palliative Care Front Entrance to the Jalan Bako round about at Medan Hamidah – KFC Drive-Thru, and back – for a total of 22km. See map of cycling route and photographs at our gallery.
We had 432 cyclists who registered for this event and the Mayor of North City, Datuk Hj Abang Abdul Wahap Bin Haji Abang Julai was present to ‘Flag Off’ the event. The weather was fine with slight drizzling in early hours of Sunday which did not delay the ride. Majority of the cyclists returned within 2 hours from 7.30 and the group ended the ride before 10.00am.
We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all parties for the success of this event. The hospital staff, including the security personnel had contributed his/her irrefutable energy and drive into this event. We had involvement of Traffic Wardens from DBKU (Dewan Bandaraya Kuching Utara), the traffic police contingent, Kuching Division, Red Crescent Ambulancem and radio promotion and announcement from Red FM 91.9 Kuching. From the private sector, Borneo Springs Sdn Bhd contributed 480 bottles of 0.5L drinking water and not forgetting the help and sponsors from the pharmaceutical industry and representatives. Many cyclists who took part were also from KCCC (Kuching Cops Cycling Club) and KOOCH Cycling Club.
Objective of the Fund Raising Event by Sarawak Hospice Society:
The objective of this “Cycle for Cancer Patients” campaign is to appeal to the medical industry and cancer professionals to generously contribute to the fund for HOME CARE PROGRAM (HCP). It is also a campaign to the general public that Cancer Care for terminally ill is a rising issue as our population is aging. We want to instill the message "WE CARE TOO" to the public that family & friends' support is of paramount importance here. This will allow them to walk their last mile with support and care of their love ones.
Many terminally ill cancer patients are no more warded in the hospital - as they prefer to go back home. At this point, resources in government hospital cease as they are no more patients of government hospital. With pain and other complications, example difficulties to turn in bed or moving around, Hospice provides free loan of equipment, like wheel chairs, oxygen concentrators, ripple mattress and other medical devices for home care need. In addition, with the help of DRO, the service also provides counseling and home visits by nurses/doctors for the terminally ill. The cost of transportation during this home visit will also be funded by HOSPICE.