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Academic climbs highest peak in aid of cancer


University of Nottingham Malaysia Department of Biomedical Sciences Head Professor Ting Kang Nee will be trekking and climbing up Mera peak (6476m), the highest trekking peak in the world.

An advocate of worthy causes, this is Professor Ting’s third climb and is aptly named Climb for Life 3, an effort to raise awareness of cancer among school children. Her climb starts on 31 August 2018 and ends on 16 September 2018.

“Information is easily accessible for many of us. Unfortunately, there are some myths and distortion of facts about cancer which have to be put right. We aim to educate the younger generation about the science of cancer and how they can protect themselves and their families from cancer through prevention and early detection. I believe we all can be part of the War on Cancer,” Professor Ting said.

War on Cancer Malaysia

The University of Nottingham Malaysia is supporting War on Cancer Malaysia: It’s Time!, which is a concerted initiative to reduce the growing number of cancer cases in the country, by increasing awareness and ways of cancer prevention being the two of the key tools of this war.

University of Nottingham Malaysia Assistant Professor Dr Aini Hamid is a committee member of this nationwide initiative, which was launched recently by Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The University, under the leadership of Dr Aini, is part of the education and prevention task force responsible to educate our younger generation on cancer and its prevention.

The funding from Climb for Life 3 will be channelled towards the education on cancer prevention targeted at school children in Malaysia.
“Directly or indirectly, cancer is unfortunately no longer irrelevant to most of us. Many younger people are afflicted with different cancers. Fortunately, many can be either cured or live a longer and functional life because of the advanced screening and treatments we have to offer these days, albeit at a high cost. Unfortunately, some still lose their battle. Hence, awareness and prevention programmes are now more important than ever as they play an integral role in reducing cases and ultimately eradicating cancer from our society. It’s Time!” Dr Aini said.

The corporate sponsors for Climb for Life 3 are Nuemera Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Ligno Biotech Sdn Bhd, Integrated Tooling Technologies Sdn Bhd, Ever Lantern Sdn Bhd, Mach 1 Group and Travel Cue.

Climb for Life 1 and 2

Professor Ting’s Climb for Life in 2013 raised more than RM19,000 for the National Cancer Society of Malaysia and Penang Hospice after which she was awarded with the University of Nottingham Laureate Award for Special Excellence. She hiked for 11 days and reached the foot of Mount Everest (5,364m) and Kalapathar (5,643m).

In 2015, Climb for Life 2 raised RM 35,000 to provide preschool education to 30 Penan children in the remote villages of Sarawak; Long Itam and Long Kawi. She and her fellow hikers were still in Nepal when the deadly earthquake hit on 25 April 2015.

According to University of Nottingham Provost and CEO Professor Graham Kendall: We are immensely proud of Kang Nee’s efforts to transform many lives by her tireless efforts and initiative. We wish both Kang Nee and Aini the very best in their efforts to prevent cancer through a proactive method of education for school children.

‘All of us, possibly know of someone who is battling cancer and this is a great cause that would mean a lot to cancer survivors and also their loved ones.”

(Article image caption: Climb for Life II: At the summit of Yala peak (5500m) Standing (from left to right): Nick Wallerstein, Yvonne Mbaki, Celina Khaw and Yap Mei Mei, Sherpa and front row (from left to right): Meggie Liao, Pema Sherpa, climbing guide, Ting Kang Nee and Chhin Cheiw)

(Thumbnail image caption: Professor Ting Kang Nee)


More information  on Climb For Life 3 , contact Professor Ting Kang Nee and on War on Cancer Malaysia, contact Dr Aini Hamid. For media enquiries, contact Josephine Dionisappu, PR and Communications Manager at University of Nottingham Malaysia.

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Posted on 23rd August 2018

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