Celebrating World Cancer Day with musical expressions

Hakim Hayat

Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) marked World Cancer Day with an event themed ‘An Expression of Support Through Music and Songs for World Cancer Day’ at PJSC lobby yesterday, in partnership with Expression Music Academy.

World Cancer Day is celebrated annually on February 4 around the world with activities geared towards increasing awareness towards cancer and to encourage its prevention, early detection and treatment.

During the launch, staff of The Brunei Cancer Centre (TBCC) of PJSC showcased a musical performance and choir to express support for cancer fighters and survivors.

The performance included a guitar duet, cello and violin ensemble by Expression Music Academy students. TBCC nurses performed Hero conducted by Evan Chiam with a piano backtrack by Shian Li Chiam. This was followed by a medley of five songs through a collaboration of PJSC’s nurses, hospital aides, caregivers, and administrative staff and Expression Music Academy to deliver a message of hope, support, and admiration to the courage of the cancer patients and their families. Several vendors, including a cancer survivor, trading under the business name Pixie Bakery also took part in the event. Proceeds from her artwork sales will be donated to the PJSC Medical Social Fund to support underprivileged cancer patients.

PJSC Executive Director Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin bin Haji Awang Besar shared that throughout this year, PJSC as a specialised medical centre through TBCC with the strong support from its Early Detection and Cancer Prevention Services (EDCPS), pledged to take more proactive steps and to detect and prevent cancer together with partners from the private, government and non-governmental agencies locally and internationally.

Among the planned activities include the lighting of PJSC’s building in orange and blue for the whole month as part of the ‘Shine a light on World Cancer Day’ and the lighting of landmarks in Brunei in orange and blue; ‘I Am and I Will’ virtual run from February 7 to April 30; the 21 Days Challenge; and a ‘World Cancer Day Weekend’ on February 28.

2021 marks the final year of a three-year campaign for the ‘I Am and I Will’ that started in 2019, urging commitment to create a future without cancer. It also encourages individuals to inspire change and mobilise action.

“Brunei, through PJSC, pledged to stand in solidarity with the rest of the world and unite to support the cancer community. The TBCC will continue its mission by providing better information on cancer, its risks and how we can minimise our chances of affliction where prevention is always better than cure,” PJSC said in a statement.

PJSC Executive Director Dr Haji Mazrul Adimin bin Haji Awang Besar delivers a speech. PHOTOS: HAKIM HAYAT
A musical performance in progress