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Sunday, 16 September 2012

W.H.O.'s World Suicide Prevention Day, Sabah Level

"World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September promotes worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.  On average almost 3,000 people commit suicide daily.  For every person completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end their lives" ~ World Health Organisation 
Click on this link to find out more about this movement.
Over the past Sunday (September 9, 2012), I joined this awareness campaign which was organised by the Befrienders Kota Kinabalu (BFKK).  In fact, besides Befrienders, our government and other NGOs were having similar awareness campaigns on the very same day.  I joined BFKK 'coz my office was supporting them :P  Okay, so it was not all self initiated, but I definitely made the effort to help as I sacrificed my Sunday rest all for in the name of volunteering.  The volunteering part is....... self volunteer lar.  My office did not push nor insist us to turn up on that day, but I kepoh and was there, Ha ha ha ha! & I am very very very glad that I did! Yes, 3X very and proud of it. Ha ha ha ha!
Here are some of the pics I took.  Pics are kinda lousy as I was using my camera phone:
Tweeted the programme a day earlier only to find out this is an outdated one. WTF!

The organising team members were required to assemble by 6 a.m.  
I was there before 6 a.m and was alone. FML!

The break of dawn.  
I helped in the registration and collection.  We started off from the car park leading to the indoor climbing arena and Likas lake before ending at the indoor badminton / basketball hall of Likas Sports Complex.  While the majority of the participants were assembling in the hall, a few of us adjourned to another section of the complex for the treasure hunt programme.  This is my first experience in handling such programme.
The briefing.  What to do and not to do while treasure hunting.

The clues.
While waiting for the teams to return for their next clues, I played with my phone.... LOLOLOL!

The BFKK bands on my wrinkly hand wrist. Ha ha ha ha!
I also managed to snap some pictures of our Federal Minister of Health, YB Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai, upon his arrival.  He's the guest of honour for this event.  I snapped nonstop like a paparazzi. Ha ha ha ha! #like a boss 

The hunt took 1 1/2 hrs to complete.  After the completion, its time to tally the score:
 Of trivia quiz and treasure quest
After tallying the score, we rejoined the rest in the hall where the remaining programmes were conducted.  I guessed one of the most anticipated and programme highlight of the day was the zumba dance, led by one of KK's well known zumba fitness instructor, Michelle Koh.
This, I did not expect.  There weren't as many people when we flagged off for the walk. Everyone who joined the dance were on a high with tribal music and were shouting enthusiastically. 
At not only once, but TWICE the Oppa Gangnam Style song was played and everyone were jumping around like PSY. WTF!
Soon, all things must come to an end.  The very last programme after the departure of the guest of honour was the lucky draw.  The draws were made after the prize presentation for treasure hunt winners.   
I was never a lucky person, but there is no harm in hoping to get something since there were 50 giveaways and I've got 17 tickets in my hand, right?.  Guess what?  Luck did bestowed on me.  And I went home with not the iPad, but this:
My Ayam Brand hamper.  Lots of canned food. Ha ha ha ha! 
To end my post, here's a message I copied from Befrienders KK's facebook page:
You're Not Alone.  You Matter.  Regardless of how you feel, talk to us.  All Calls are Confidential.  Meaning we are not going to ask you for your name and contact number.  You decide how long you wish to talk and when you want to end the call.
Tel no.:  088-255 788
Life is Precious ~ Befrienders KK's year 2012 motto


  1. This is really a good activity... a great campaign for a great cause. Pity I wasn't there to join heehee. Seems like good fun.

    Happy Wednesday, VibrantKitty!

    1. Happy Thursday Arms. The event was great and meaningful. Yes, it was fun.

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