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Public Forum

RED TULIP AWARENESS DAY, April 21st 2007, Crystal Crown Hotel

Message from the President of the MPDA, Sara Lew

Good Morning, Mr. Richard Abela, Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Corporation Sdn. Bhd, Ladies and Gentlemen. Welcome to the Public Forum organised by the Malaysian Parkinson's Disease Association. Today's public forum is one of the many activities that are being organised by our Association to commemorate the World’s Parkinson Day which falls on 11th April each year.

We have called today the Red Tulip Awareness day because Red Tulip is an international symbol for people with Parkinson's Disease all over the world. It represents hope and finding a cure for Parkinson's Disease. By wearing the Red Tulip symbol you are also raising awareness and showing support for people living with Parkinson's Disease and their families around the world.

Red Tulip Awareness Day is also important as it highlights the many challenges faced by the patients and their caregivers. At the same time, we hope to rally support from the community, that is, individuals, health professionals, government bodies, private and corporate companies and others to provide better medical treatment, subsidized medication, and facilitate a platform for promoting a caring society.

Parkinson's Disease is a chronic, progressive and degenerative neurological disease that has no cure at the moment. It affects people of all races and cultures with an estimated prevalence of 6.3 million people worldwide including some 15,000 in Malaysia.

Malaysia Parkinson's Disease Association or MPDA is a Non-Government Organisation established in 1994 as a support group for people with Parkinson's Disease and their families. Our association helps them to cope with the conditions and raise awareness of Parkinson's Disease in the country.

(Above - MPDA members taking part in a speech therapy exercise)

We also focus on the positive interaction between members via social gatherings, health talks, physio and speech therapy and other social activities. As always, we hope to improve the quality of life of the patients through better understanding of the conditions in Parkinson's disease and appreciating that there's still life after Parkinson's Disease.

We've got a lot to be thankful for today. Today's event would not have been possible without the gracious generosity of Novartis Corporation Sdn Bhd. Red Tulip Awareness Day is part of their community project to promote a caring society.

The Novartis team headed by Ms. Sally Kuah, has put in a lot of effort and hard work in the last months to make this event a successful one. We, in MPDA have also enjoyed the opportunity of working closely with Ms. Sally Kuah and her team. We also look forward to more of such opportunities in the future.

(Above - Sara presenting a token of thanks to Mr. Richard Abela. CEO of Norvartis)
Our sincere thanks to you Novartis Corporation Sdn. Bhd. for your sponsorship. Special thanks and appreciation also go to all the speakers, Dr. Choong and his team from the Rehabilitation Ward and the nurses from the Nurses' Ward, both from UMMC and all others who have in one way or another helped to make this event a successful one.

Thank you.
Sara Lew