Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Jipaban – My 2010 Santarina


Jipaban is the latest online shopping mall that has finally arrived at our shore after months of inception in its country origin, Singapore. 'Jipaban' roots from the Hokkien word which mean one million. Jipaban promises its customers with a whole new experience of shopping - fun, easy and safe. There is also no coincident that Jipaban is the sister company and part of the larger Nuffnang network, thus providing a greater enhancement in social networking and blogging experience.


Yes, 25th December is not that far away. If you are thinking for a more convenient Christmas shopping, why not try Jipaban. Just a browse with your mouse, adding them into you virtual shopping carts and pay online - Jipaban is a new shopping experience. Now, the good folks at Jipaban is offering you a chance to sent out your gifts to your loved one. Join their online contest and you will stand a chance to win and to deliver your gifts to your love one, without much hassles. Head on to Nuffnang for the contest details.

Heart anatomic view of right ventricle and rig...Image via Wikipedia
Congenital heart defect (CHD) is the defect in the structure of the heart and great vessels which is present at birth. Heart defects are among the most common birth defects and are the leading cause of birth defect-related deaths. Many defects don't need treatment, but some complex congenital heart defects require medication or surgery.
From Wikipedia.

In Malaysia, CHD affects at least 5,000 young infants yearly. While some patients do not require much treatment for the defect, there are some who need extensive surgery to correct their hearts so that they can live a normal life like any other children. After surgery, these children will need to be covered with medications to avoid any complications and risks like infection or heart dysfunctional. For most of the cases, cost is always a hindrance because the follow-up treatments and managements require a lot of money. The unfordable parents may find it difficult to fork up to the amount needed for their child's surgery and treatment. Fortunately, there are still good people around the world that aims to help these children.

I was reading this article in the New Straits Time the other day and you can find the article online too at here. I was moved by the article which features four young children who are suffering from CHD. Their families are now appealing for donations to enable them to undergo surgeries to correct their heart defects. The four affected children are:
  1. Teoh Yan Qi, 5-month-old, suffers from a serious CHD and has been on life support since birth. She requires RM40,000 for surgery and pre-operative care to correct three heart defects of ventricular septal defect, patent foramen ovale and patent ductus arteriosus. Her father, Teoh Hiang Heng is a fisherman from Nibong Tebal who earns only RM2,000 per month to feed his family of six.
  2. Teoh Yan Ru, 2-years-old, suffers a complex univentricular heart. Previously, she has undergone two palliative procedures and requires another surgery that is expected to cost about RM38,000. Her father, Teoh Chun Lai is a tailor in Sungai Petani who earns only RM1,500 per month.
  3. Vissalanee Muniandy, 4-month-old, suffers from total anamalous pulmonary venous drainage. She needs an urgent surgery to correct her condition and is expected to cost RM38,000. Her father K Muniandy works as a rubber tapper in Sungai Petani and earns RM400 per month.
  4. Muhamad Hafiz Ramli, 14-years-old, has pulmonary artesia and ventricular septal heart defects. He has undergone surgery back in 2004 and is expected to require RM55,000 for subsequent surgery and pre-operative care. His single mother, Noraini harun is a teacher and she earns RM762 per month.


After reading their pleads, I thought why not we give something to these children, in conjunction with the upcoming Christmas. Christmas is a season of joy and I'm sure many of you would love to do something for the less unfortunate. Let us share the smile and love to them for the spirit of kindred and generosity. While thinking of participating the contest from Jipaban, I thought that it will be a good idea to do charity while spreading the joy of Christmas, hence I decided to look over for some suitable gifts that I can delivered.

Then, this cutsy Teddy struck me. Without much hesitation, I have decided to give this Teddy as a gift to dear Teoh Yan Ru, 2-years-old, suffers a complex univentricular heart. Although I don't really know her or her family well, the only thing I need to know about her is that she needs money to undergo a surgery to correct her heart, so that she can live a normal life. It may sounds cliché but a stuffed toy or teddy bear will always be the universal symbol of love and compassion. This feminine Teddy is available for viewing here.

Hopefully, this Teddy that I am going to give her would be a beginning for a joyful life for her. It is not easy to live with this kind of condition because patient with CHD may have difficulty to live like normal children. But, I hope we can put some smile on the face of her parents and to bring some love and healthy life for her. In addition to that, if this entry emerged or qualify to win the first prize, I will donate RM400 of the winning to help her and three other children who require money for surgery.

If you want to help these children, you can send their cheques, made payable to NSTP Charity Fund, with their names written on the reverse to: 
The Cashier, Finance Department/ Charity Unit, The New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd, Balai Berita, No 31, Jalan Riong, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

Read more: 4 kids with heart defects appeal for donations http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/214hellp/Article/#ixzz17QJ8J6dR
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