23 Aug 2013 A Successful Organ Donation Campaign by Students of IMU and other Higher Education Institutions
15 August 2013 – A closing ceremony for the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU) Organ Donation Campaign 2012/2013 was held at the International Medical University’s (IMU) campus in Bukit Jalil. The campaign which had the participation of 11 universities and colleges in Malaysia, successfully obtained 2082 organ pledgers. Participating institutions were IMU, Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation, HELP University, INTI International University, KBU International College, KDU University College, Nilai University, Sunway University, Stamford College, Taylors University and UCSI University.
The closing ceremony included speeches, a video montage and a presentation on the “Summary of MAPCU Organ Donation Campaign 2012/2013” by Prof Ong Kok Hai, Chairman of MAPCU Organ Donation Campaign Co-ordinating Committee. Guest of honour, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Dr Lee Lam Thye, Chairman of the Organ Donation Public Awareness Action Committee of the National Transplantation Council, officiated this closing ceremony. At this ceremony, participating colleges and universities were encouraged to continuously raise awareness on organ donation after the campaign has ended. Several institutions such as IMU and NILAI have already made plans to organise organ donation activities in the coming year.
The MAPCU Organ Donation Campaign 2012/2013 with the slogan “Give a Life, Gift of Life” was initiated to increase public awareness of organ and tissue donation, and to motivate Malaysians to become donors by tackling misconceptions of organ donation. It is supported by the National Transplant Resource Centre, a subsidiary of the Health Ministry. The campaign was officially launched on 24 October 2012 and throughout the campaign period, various activities were conducted by the participating universities. Prominent figures from the organ donation community such as Ms Chew Hoong Ling (liver donor) and Mr Lee Chen Hoe (kidney recipient) gave their support by attending and speaking at the events organised for this campaign.