Photoblog: Penang CM walk with cancer survivors

More than a thousand people had great fun and in the process learned about cancer at the Relay for Life 2012 in Penang on 23 and 24 June.

Organising chairperson James Lochhead said that the event is all about these 3 words – celebrate, remember and fight back. Penang CM Lim Guan Eng was present to give a speech and joined in the first lap.

He said that the Penang government will always support the survivors.

Participants came in teams representing hospitals, schools, colleges and they all took turns walking round the track for 16 hours.

The teams also set up stalls and there were food stalls too. Entertainment and games were aplenty to keep the participants awake.

The huge signboard that tells everything!
Penang CM Lim Guan Eng (in purple shirt). On his left is Vice Chairman of the National Cancer Society Penang Dr T Devaraj, branch and pioneer of the Relay.
CM Lim Guan Eng giving a speech.
Lighting of the Torch of Hope, to launch the walk.
The CM flagging off the first lap, which was walked by survivors and their carers.
3 youth beating drums to accompany the survivors on the walk.
The CM joining in the first lap walk together with the survivors.
One of the teams - Pen Apparel - on the 2nd lap. Other teams also joined in the 2nd lap.

Survivors stamped their signatures.

They are heroes too.
Messages of love and hope.
Plenty of food and drinks around.
Shaving heads for charity.
Laurine Lim from Loh Guan Lye Hospital, who had her head shaved, seen here with her colleagues.
Jimmy Lim 63, a survivor, had his head shaved too.
The ever popular line-dancing.
This group from Lily Tan Line Dance in Butterworth was photographer's favourite because of their colourful costumes.
The Candy Girls, which consists of all survivors gave some lively performances.
Paper bags self designed by individuals. who contribute some donations - all lined round the track, ready to be lighted up for the Luminaria ceremony.
The Luminaria bags all lighted up.
Cake-cutting ceremony with Dato Seri Dr T Devaraj, Vice Chairman and survivors.
The survivors went up on stage to sing.
The youngest survivor, a 6 years old boy, pinning coloured ribbons on the word 'Hope'.
This is followed by the rest of the survivors, pinning the ribbons.19
After pinning the ribbons, they are on track again for a lap with lighted candles.