Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) on Thursday hosted a melodious soiree at its building lobby to commemorate the global observance, World Cancer Day. 

The annual event is led by the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) and celebrated every 4 February, carrying the three-year campaign theme “I Am and I Will”.

JPMC Medical Director Dr Kabeer Meera Saheeb (2nd L), PJSC Medical Director Dato Seri Laila Jasa Dr Babu Sukumaran (3rd L), Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) Executive Director Dr Haji Mazrul Admin Haji Awang Besar (4th L), PJSC management PJSC Goodwill Ambassador Wu Chun (4th R) along with other senior management officers pose for a group photo during the World Cancer Day celebration held at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

World Cancer Day brings the world together to collectively raise awareness of cancer, how to prevent, detect or treat it.

The movement “I Am and I Will” is an empowering call to action urging personal, community and leaders’ commitment to creating a future without cancer.

Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) Executive Director Dr Haji Mazrul Admin Haji Awang Besar delivers his welcoming remarks during the World Cancer Day celebration held at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Executive Director of PJSC Dr Hj Mazrul Adimin Hj Awang Besar in his welcoming remarks said that the more we know and open up about cancer, the more proactive the measures we can take as a community to spread awareness and prevent the occurrence of late-stage cancer.

“Throughout this year, PJSC through its arm, The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) with the strong support from its Early Detection and Cancer Prevention Services (ECPS) has pledged to take more proactive steps and execute activities with the aim to educate, detect early and prevent cancer together with our partners,” he said.

Cancer survivors pose for a group photo during the World Cancer Day celebration held at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The executive director also outlined the centre’s upcoming activities throughout February which include the annual “Walk, Run and Cycle Run” that will be held virtually, “21 Days Challenge” and solidarity gathering at Yayasan Plaza in the capital.

Moreover, PJSC’s building will be adorned in orange and building lights for the whole month as part of the “Shine a Light on World Cancer Day” initiative.

Nurses from Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) pose for a group photo during the World Cancer Day celebration held at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Meanwhile, on a national scale, Brunei’s own outstanding landmarks; Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saiffudien Bridge and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha Bridge, were also lit in orange and blue.

During the celebration at PJSC, guests who comprised of cancer survivors and their family members, doctors, nurses, caregivers, hospital aides and administrative staff were entertained by musical performance powered by Expression Music Academy.

A musical performance of cello and violin ensemble from Expression Music Academy during the World Cancer Day celebration held at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“We all know music is a universal language and it can bring everyone together, in an expression of support through music and songs,” continued Dr Hj Mazrul.

The performance included a guitar duet, cello and violin ensemble by talented students from Expression Music Academy. 

Nurses of TBCC also performed the song “Hero” that was conducted by Evan Chiam, a musician from the academy, with a piano backtracked by his sister, Shian Li Chiam.

A music performance by staffs of The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) of PJSC during the World Cancer Day celebration held at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

This was then followed by a medley of five songs performed by PJSC’s staff, delivering a message of hope, support and admiration to the courage of the cancer patients and their families.

PJSC Goodwill Ambassador Wu Chun (L) presents a Certificate of Appreciation to a student from Expression Music Academy during the World Cancer Day celebration held at Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Also present at the ceremony were Chairperson of the Organising Committee of PJSC Dato Seri Laila Jasa Dr Babu Sukumaran and Goodwill Ambassador and Messenger of Cancer Awareness for PJSC Wu Chun.

THE BRUNEIAN | BRUNEI – MUARA

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