PRIDE And UPSI Spread Breast Cancer Awareness Amongst Would-Be Teachers

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Posted on 28 May 2014

PRIDE-UPSI-01 In an effort to increase the understanding of breast cancer and early detection amongst the younger generation, PRIDE Foundation embarked on a one-day campaign last Saturday to educate would-be teachers at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Tanjung Malim, Perak.

The full-day UPSI-PRIDE Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign and Blood Donation Drive was held in collaboration with the Faculty of Sports Science and Centre of Cocuriculum UPSI, the country’s premier teaching university, as well as Pusat Darah Negara, with the help of key sponsors including KAO, Palmer’s and Mary Kay.

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The full-day campaign saw the participation of over 1,400 senior teaching students who came primarily to understand the disease and get themselves checked under the free Clinical Breast Examination conducted by the trained nurses brought in from Pantai Specialist Hospital.

The students also learned more about breast cancer and the importance of early detection from the talk by one of the country’s top breast cancer surgeon Dr Zamzuri Zakaria, who was on hand to explain the basics of breast cancer, as well as moderated a short forum alongside two young breast cancer survivors, Ms Daishanti and Ms Nafisah, on their personal experiences overcoming the deadly disease.

The event’s timing was also perfect, as the date chosen coincided with the national level Teacher’s Day celebrations which falls on May 16 every year.

“With breast cancer cases now being detected in students as early as six years of age, we felt that the awareness of breast cancer should begin even in primary schools,” said Nasirah Aris, PRIDE’s Advisor.

“Instead of going from schools to schools, we felt that it would be more beneficial to educate the would-be teachers, who would hopefully be able to one day educate the children on the dangers of breast cancer. In this regard, we are very grateful to the staff and students of UPSI who helped out and came in full force to make this event a huge success,” Nasirah added.

“We are really pleased to be partnering with PRIDE Foundation as breast cancer does not discriminate and it affects even young students. We felt that it is our responsibility to educate future teachers to impart healthy lifestyle knowledge to their young students, and PRIDE has certainly helped us to achieve this noble objective,” said DR. Gunathevan Elumalai, Faculty of Sports Science Lecturer, UPSI.

Check out pictures of the event here.

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About PRIDE Foundation
PRIDE Foundation (Pink Ribbon Deeds) is a charity body that aims to enhance awareness efforts and improve accessibility to treatment and care of breast cancer at all levels of society. PRIDE was incorporated on 24 May 2006 under the Companies Act (1965) as a non-profit company limited by guarantee governed by a Board of Trustees. The incorporation is a tribute to the late Datin Paduka Seri Endon Mahmood’s courage, resilience and strength in her fight against breast cancer.
For more information on PRIDE Foundation, please visit www.pride.org.my or call +603-7960 0366.

About Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
On May 1997, this institution was established and named Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) based on the Government gazette RU. (A) 132 & 133 dated 24th February 1997 under the Order of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Corporation) and the Order of Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Campus) 1997.

UPSI is located in Tanjung Malim, Perak Darul Ridzuan. Currently, UPSI has two campuses mainly Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah and Sultan Azlan Shah Campus. UPSI aims to be a prestigious university providing exceptional leadership in education, based on the advantage of broad experience and high level of competency in meeting global changes.

UPSI is committed to making a difference in education through teaching, research, publication, consultancy and community services to achieve the vision of the nation.

For more information on UPSI, please visit www.upsi.edu.my or call +605-4506000 / 6661.

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