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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.

Ara and Abiyyu

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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On Sunday, 8 May, 2011, MCK once again organized what is now an annual outing to Ragunan Zoo for children receiving treatment for cancer at Dharmais Hospital, along with their families. As in previous years, the outing was timed to coincide with the Jakarta Free Spirit (JFS) running club’s Zoo 5k and Family Fun Run and this year, as previously, JFS very generously covered the costs of logistics for the day out. JFS volunteers also did a great job of making sure we were all made very welcome on arrival, and ensuring that our time at the zoo went according to plan.

This year, MCKs group totalled 59 people, made up of 24 young patients ranging from 2-13 years old, along with their parents, three volunteers from Yayasan Pita Kuning (Erwin, Rani and Tias), two nurses from the hospital (Yuni and Umi), and MCK volunteers Tessa, Inge and Sara. We were delighted that the mother of Valentinus, a young boy who had previously been treated at Dharmais but who sadly passed away last year, and his younger brother, Gilberto, were also able to join us.

MCK was very happy too that joining the group – as has become something of a tradition — was 14-year-old Abiyyu, his younger sister, Ines, and their parents. MCK supported Abiyyu to receive treatment for retinoblastoma (eye cancer) at Dharmais in 2005-2006, since when we are delighted to report that he has been confirmed cancer-free. He is currently in the second year of junior high school and is an ardent football player. Below you can see a photo of Abiyyu collecting on behalf of MCK the generous donation provided to us by Wintermar, which was also sponsoring the JFS run.

Abiyyu receiving a cheque from Wintermar on behalf of MCK

Fortunately, the rain that greeted us on arrival cleared after a while, and we were all able to enjoy a couple of hours wandering around and spotting the animals. Below is a photo of the group on the steps of the primate centre.

MCK zoo outing participants on the steps of the primate centre

By late morning some children were beginning to get a bit tired, so we all headed back onto our buses and back to the hospital, where cuddly toys (courtesy of JFS) were given to all the children who joined the outing as well as to each of the children on the children’s cancer ward who were sadly unable to come. The photo below shows some of the proud recipients.

All the children on the outing, and also the children from the hospital who could not join, received a cuddly toy courtesy of JFS

MCK sincerely thank everyone who made this outing possible and such a success!

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MCK would like say a big thank you to the Jakarta Free Spirit (JFS) road running club, which has once again this year given a generous donation to us from the proceeds of their run at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta on 7 March. This year an impressive139 people took part in the races, 74 in the Aqua Half Marathon (21 kilometers) and the remainder in the 10 kilometer road race. We would also like to thank the run sponsors, Aqua & Mizone, Crown World Wide, Global Assistance & Healthcare, and Puma Sports, as well as the many individuals who gave extra donations on the day.

Aqua 21K & 10K road race organized by Jakarta Free Spirit road running club

Aqua 21K & 10K road race organized by Jakarta Free Spirit road running club

Aqua 21K & 10K road race organized by Jakarta Free Spirit road running club

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January-June 2009 was a busy six months for Mary’s Cancer Kiddies (MCK) as we continued to provide financial support to help to cover the cost of treatment for children being treated for cancer at both “Dharmais” and Cipto hospitals in Jakarta as well as for premature babies and children with infectious diseases receiving care at Cipto hospital. This assistance was possible only because of the generous support MCK receives from individuals and organizations. Our sincere thanks to you all.

Children’s cancer ward, Dharmais Hospital

Among the children for whom MCK provided financial assistance over the six months from January-June were 3 year old Nada and 10-year-old Siti Aisyah, both of whom are suffering from Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone or soft tissue cancer, and 15-year-old Rizki Rifalah, pictured with his mother, who has brain germinoma, a type of germ cell tumor.



Rizki Rifalah

Children’s cancer ward expansion, Dharmais Hospital

Demand for assistance looks set to rise due to the expansion of the children’s cancer ward that will more than double its capacity. While this will have implications for our costs we are delighted that the ward is going to be able to treat many more children – with the 15 beds currently available being supplemented by 17 more – particularly as there is almost always a waiting list for admission.  Building work on the additional bed space is currently in process and is due for completion in September, with the new ward set to be up and running in October.

Specialist training at Dharmais Hospital

August will see the arrival of Jane Peski, a pediatric oncology nurse from The Academic Medical Centre (AMC), the most prominent medical centre in the Netherlands and one of its largest hospitals. She will be conducting two week basic and advanced training programs at Dharmais Hospital for nurses from across the country.

Neonatal unit, Cipto Hospital

The case of baby Farida offers an example of the positive impact that MCKs assistance can provide to babies in need of urgent medical care. Farida was born premature, at just 37 weeks and weighing only 1560 grams. Upon birth she was found to have Gastroschisis, or abdominal hernia, an abdominal wall defect in which the intestines develop outside the abdomen through an opening in the abdominal wall. She needed an immediate operation to push the intestines back into the abdomen and seal the opening, but with her father working as a driver and earning just Rp. 600,000/month and without any form of insurance, her family had no chance of being able to cover the cost of the operation themselves.  MCK was able to respond immediately to their request for assistance and the operation was conducted. Two weeks later Farida was stable enough to be moved out of the intensive care unit and within five weeks her parents were able to take her home.

Baby Faridah

Hospital visits by MCK supporters

MCK is happy that so many of our supporters find time to visit the children in the wards we work with at Cipto and Dharmais. The photo below, shows Barbara and Heidi from Die Brucke along with six street children supported by Die Brucke who in turn, visit Cipto weekly to cuddle & feed babies in the ward.

Barbara and Heidi from Die Brucke along with six Indonesian students

Tolong Anak-Anak program

Regular visitors to “Dharmais” include children from the Jakarta International School (JIS), through its Tolong Anak-Anak program. Many thanks to Soko Naiyaga, a 12th grade JIS student, for sharing with us what they do and why:

“Tolong Anak Anak is a student service club at the Jakarta International School that works specifically with children. Visiting the children’s cancer ward is one of the ways in which we try to reach out to our community. These visits have personally inspired me. Although we only spend about an hour with the children on Saturday mornings, it is still amazing to see the strengths that these children have. So many obstacles lie in their way yet they manage to smile and enjoy what opportunities they have. Depending on their health they will either join in the magic shows and activities such as puzzles and origami or they will watch. They find happiness in the little things that we too often take for granted. It’s also amazing for us to see the loving commitment of their parents and the nurses that work in the hospital.”

Visit to Jakarta by Prof. Dr. A.J.P. Veerman

MCK volunteers were delighted to host a dinner recently for Professor Veerman, a pediatric oncologist from the Netherlands. Through a cancer foundation in the Netherlands, the Queen Wilhelmina Fund, Professor Veerman has been providing assistance to children’s oncology wards in Yogyakarta, Semarang, Medan and Manado. Dr. Edi Tehuteru from Dharmais Hospital, who has known Professor Veerman for some time, also joined the dinner.

Prof. Veerman (centre, kneeling) and Dr. Edi Tehuteru (third from left)

Jakarta Free Spirit Zoo Run

For the past four years, MCK has organized an outing to Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta to coincide with the annual zoo run organized by Jakarta Free Spirit. This represents a rare opportunity for children receiving treatment at “Dharmais” hospital to enjoy a day out with their families and has always been a popular event.  This year was no exception, with the number of families joining being the highest yet: together with volunteers the MCK group numbered 115 people! Many thanks to everyone who came along and also to the organizers of the zoo run for their help and support.

Farewell to MCK volunteer, Astrid Bouwmann

We were very sorry to have to say farewell to Astrid, an MCK volunteer for the past two years, who has recently returned to the Netherlands, but wish her and her family lots of luck and happiness in their new adventure.

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