Yayasan Sime Darby Raises Over RM125,000 In Charity Ride


PUTRAJAYA, 24 September 2011 – Cycling For A Cure, a charity event to raise funds for eligible leukemia patients, succeeded in raising over RM125,000 today. Held in Putrajaya, the charity cycling event attracted approximately 500 participants including Malaysian track star Azizulhasni Awang, who is the ambassador for the Tabung Leukemia YSD.

Organised by Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD), the charity ride around picturesque Putrajaya was flagged off by YABhg Tun Musa Hitam, Chairman of YSD, with the support of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF). This is the first time the event is being held.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the level of support that Cycling For A Cure received today. We are encouraged by the number of people who were willing to give up their time to come out and support this cause,” said Tun Musa. “Thanks to the generous support from several companies including the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and also the cyclists who took part today, we were able to collect over a total of RM63,000. With YSD matching every ringgit collected, I am pleased to reveal the total contribution to the leukemia fund has reached over RM125,000.”

For the record, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Auto Bavaria contributed RM15,000 each while TM have given RM10,000 for the charity ride. Other companies that have stepped forward with pledges are Ximnet (RM7,000), Sime Darby Industrial (RM 5,000) and Sime Darby Motors Division (RM 5,000).

A number of different categories of cycling were held, as well as two categories of races, the men’s elite and women’s elite. The men’s elite 100.5-kilometre race saw the Salleh brothers from Terengganu completed a sizzling 1-2 finish. Zamri Salleh, the older of the two and riding for the Navy team, completed the route in a time of two hours 23 minutes and 29.462 seconds. His younger brother, Harris, riding for the Terengganu team, chased his sibling all the way and eventually finished second place in a time of 2:24:14.724.

“This was my first race since Raya and thankfully it was not that difficult. The attack started in the last 40km with six riders breaking away. I made my move about 15km from the end. I thank my teammates for their help,” said a delighted Zamri.

In the women's category, rising national cyclist Jupha Somnet, who was voted best female athlete in this year's SUKMA, crossed the line first in a time of 2:34:01. 007. A fraction of a second behind her was Mariana Mohamad.

Results of the categories as follows:

100.05km Men’s Elite:

1. Zamri Salleh 2:23:29.462

2. Harrif Salleh 2:24:14.724

3. Mohd Shahrul Mat Amin 2:24:14.751

4. Sofian Nabil Osman 2:25:18:868

5. Muhd Shahrul 2:25:18:926

100.05km Women’s Elite

1. Jupha Somnet 2:34:01.007

2. Mariana Mohammad 2:34:01.351

3. Nurul Sakinah Abdul Karim 3:11:37.042

Tabung Leukemia Yayasan Sime Darby was launched on 30 March this year by its Patron, YABhg Tun Musa Hitam, who is also the Chairman of YSD. The fund was set up to benefit leukemia patients in Malaysia who are between the ages of 13 and 72 years and who are in dire need for bone marrow transplant.

Eligible patients will be able to enjoy subsidised, comprehensive treatment at Sime Darby Medical Centre (SDMC)’s Blood Diseases Centre in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

These patients could be patients of SDMC or referral cases from other government and private hospitals.

Leukemia ranks fourth among males and fifth among females. In 2002, the Malaysian National Cancer Registry reported 580 Lymphoid Leukemia cases, which comprised 2.2 percent of the total cancer cases reported.

The disease affects both younger and older set of individuals. The cost of treatment is very high and seems to be the single biggest deterrent to treatment. Some patients are turned away as they cannot afford the cost of treatment, which averages RM80,000 for own marrow transplant and RM150,000 for sibling marrow transplant.

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