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IN BRIEF: Helping hand for smokers who want to quit
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Sdn Bhd (GSK) is once again helping Malaysians quit smoking with the new QuitMasters Challenge (QMC).
Supported by the Health Ministry and entering its second year, the QMC is a multi-pronged smoking cessation programme that features proven methods to help smokers quit smoking. It will highlight the journey of 15 selected participants via its website and Facebook page where the public can follow their progress over the 12-week programme.
“By showcasing the quit smoking journey of 15 new participants, we want to inspire the public to kick the habit by sharing their experience,” said Dessi Lavery, head of Marketing - Smoking Cessation, Asia, GlaxoSmithKline.
“We also hope that Malaysians will support our Pledge To Quit drive, where we are aiming to have 40,000 Malaysians pledging support for the quit smoking campaign. You can sign up even if you’re a non-smoker to show support to your family and friends who want to kick the habit,” Dessi added.
Details on the QuitMasters Challenge, ‘Pledge to Quit’ drive or the Behavioural Support Programme at www.quitmasters.com.my.
2. LAUGHING HELPS
Laugh out loud with comedians Douglas Lim (picture) and Kuah Jenhan at Laugh Yourself Red tonight at Doppel Kafe, Central Market Annex, Jalan Hang Kasturi. Tickets priced at RM120 (sitting) and RM75 (standing), inclusive of one drink.
Organised by PT Foundation, the show starts at 8pm and 90 per cent of the proceeds will go to children, women and men affected with HIV/Aids.
For details and tickets, call PT Foundation at 03-4044 4611 or Laika at 016-626 1365
3. SUPPORT FOR LIVER TRANSPLANT CENTRE
Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank), through its Maybank Foundation, recently reaffirmed its support for the Selayang Hospital Liver Transplant Centre when it handed over RM162,000 in contributions pledged by the foundation and Maybank’s two fund-raising events earlier this year.
Its chairman, Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor, said Maybank entered into a unique partnership with the hospital in 2002 to establish and support the liver transplant centre, the first such centre housed in a public hospital in the country.
He said: “The centre provides reasonable transplant cost for patients compared to other hospitals, locally or abroad. It has carried out 53 transplants so far, but we are concerned with the growing number on the waiting list, thus our continuous support through Maybank Foundation.
“This echoes our mission to add the human touch to financial services, and one way we do it is by helping the community to gain access to medical services and lead a healthier life.”
About six to 10 patients with acute or chronic liver failure undergo liver transplants at the centre every year. The number is expected to increase to 15 patients yearly soon with the support from the foundation.