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In support of Mary’s Cancer Kiddies, Scott and Laura Thompson hosted a small fundraiser at their home on Saturday 21st September. Together with friends of the Java St. Andrew Society, the evening was arranged as a celebration of Scotland’s largest export earner and also with the goal of raising awareness and funds for MCK.

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On the night, they managed to raise funds via a raffle draw and an auction.  The funds will be used to cover the medical treatment of children from financially disadvantaged Indonesian families.

Scott would like to thank all those that generously supported the night and in particular John Galvin, Malcolm Llewellyn and Ed Herron for donating auction items. It was a wonderful evening and everyone was delighted to be able to contribute towards raising enough funds to cover the cost of Faizal’s treatment, as well as assist other children under MCK’s caring support.

“MCK would also like to say a very special thank you to Scott and Laura for making this fundraiser possible.”

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MCK volunteer, Julie, visited to the children’s cancer ward at Dharmais hospital on 13 September along with one of our donors, Scott Thompson – who did the remarkable Running Bali to Jakarta fundraising drive – and a new MCK volunteer, Julianne.

During the visit they met some of the children receiving MCK support for part of their treatment. They also chatted to the children’s parents, as well as receiving treatment updates from the ward’s doctors and nurses.

One of the children on the ward during their visit was 14-year-old Faizal , who underwent an operation to remove a brain tumor shortly after he was admitted to the hospital in July. Faisal, an ardent FC Barcelona fan, is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, supported by his mother, his teacher father, and two younger brothers. Despite his illness, Faisal is keeping positive, as his lovely smile here shows.

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Also on the ward was 13-year-old Aziz from Banten, the youngest of seven children of farming parents, who has Leukemia. Sadly, Aziz has relapsed following his original treatment and so is now having to undergo another round of chemotherapy but, as you can see from the  photo, he is even so in good spirits.

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Another child in the ward on this visit was Lisa, whose treatment costs MCK assisted with back in April 2011 when she was first diagnosed with brain cancer. Lisa, who has three siblings, recently relapsed and has since undergone an operation to remove the remaining tumour. 

After each of MCKs visits to the hospitals where we provide support, we always return home humbled by the positive outlook of so many of the children, despite undergoing extended and often painful treatment, and this visit was no exception. Our thoughts are with these remarkable young people and their families during this challenging time, along with our sincere hope for their recovery.

 

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For the second year running, MCK was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the annual Indonesian CrossFit for Hope fundraising event which is held collaboratively by CrossFit affiliates across Indonesia to raise money for children in need, through a workout called “Hope”. Participants carry out a 15 minute high intensity workout, for which they are sponsored by friends and family members.

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MCK volunteers Julie, Tessa, Inge and Monica all attended the event in South Jakarta, which was held at Hotel Garden in Kemang, on Saturday 6 July. There was a very good turnout of athletes who, throughout the morning, took turns doing the workout, spurred on by an enthusiastic group of supporters who encouraged them to keep going.

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MCK would like to thank everyone — athletes, sponsors and supporters alike – for taking part in this fun event and for raising funds for our work.

We would also like to say a very special thank you to the CrossFit for Hope organisers, in particular Brian Pandji who is the Director and Head Coach of CrossFit Equator (pictured far right, below, with Tessa and Julie), for making this fundraiser possible and for choosing MCK as one of the donation recipients.

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On Sunday, 5 May, MCK organized an outing to Ragunan Zoo for children from Dharmais cancer hospital. As in previous years, the visit was timed to coincide with the annual 5 kilometer Jakarta Free Spirit (JFS)-Wintermar Run at the zoo. After the race, the children were welcomed by the race organisers, and two of the group – 13-year-old Ara (left) and 16-year-old Abiyyu (right) were invited to say a few words on behalf of the children. Both boys were diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and have had to undergo long and difficult treatment. Ara is still undergoing treatment, and is due to have his 15th operation in June, while Abiyyu successfully completed his treatment a few years ago. Ara and Abiyyu, together with MCK volunteers Avi and Julie, then accepted a cheque for MCK from PT Wintermar Offshore Marine TbK, presented by PT Wintermar Director Lawrence Lee.

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Ara (left) and Abiyyu (right) with Julie

As well as Ara and Abiyyu, 21 other children and their families joined the MCK outing this year. Most of them are currently undergoing treatment at Dharmais, though also in the group were a few youngsters who have successfully completed their treatment, including 13-year-old Putri, 15-year-old Kartika, and Adhika Nauful.

After chatting to some of the JFS-Wintermar organizers and runners, MCK volunteers Julie and Tessa took the group to the Schmutzer Primate Centre. The children particularly enjoyed watching the owa jawa and macaques swinging around in their enclosures, and some of the group also got a close up view of a large male gorilla who wandered over to the water’s edge near where we were standing.

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Ara and Abiyyu, together with MCK volunteers Avi and Julie, then accepted a cheque for MCK from PT Wintermar Offshore Marine TbK, presented by PT Wintermar Director Lawrence Lee.

After a pleasant hour or so walking through the primate centre, it was time to head back to the hospital and on the way home the children had some lunch and most of them (and their parents!) fell asleep til we reached our destination.

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We ended the outing by giving a stuffed animal and a goodie bag to each of the children, as well as providing animals and goodie bags for all the children in the cancer wards who had been unable to join us this year.

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As always, it was a very special day, and MCK is very grateful to everyone who makes our zoo outings possible. This year we would like to say a special thank you to PT Wintermar Offshore Marine TbK Managing Director Sugiman Layanto and Director Nely Layanto, and Riena Blokvoort, JFSs Race Director.

We would also like to thank Dharmais nurses Ria, Ica, Titi (pictured below, with MCK volunteers Tessa and Julie) and Taufik for giving up their free time to come with us this year to ensure that medical help was on hand in case any of the children fell ill, though happily their medical skills were not needed. Our sincere thanks, too, to Pita Kuning volunteers Erwin and Tini who also joined the outing and who did a wonderful job of coordinating with the families before, during and after the outing.

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Dharmais nurses Ria, Ica, Titi with MCK volunteers Tessa and Julie

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We’re on Jakarta Globe again! Thanks to Zack Petersen for writing this article.

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Please be informed that MCK has a new Rabobank bank account number active from 13 November 2012.  We will keep the old account open until June 2013.  We apologise for any inconvenience caused. See our DONATE page for details on how to donate. Thank you for your continued support to Mary’s Cancer Kiddies.

 

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