He went on to thank IJM Land for coming in as the new super gold sponsor and WOU for its continuous support.
Meanwhile in officially opening the event, Lim shared that one in three people in Penang will be at risk to cancer by 2020. He paid tribute to the survivors “for their sterling example of courage, determination and resilience in fighting cancer”.
He called for early detection, healthy lifestyle, good diet and ‘no smoking’ to reduce the risk of cancer, and also of heart diseases and diabetes. “If everybody stops smoking, we can reduce cancer by 30%,” he added.
Following the launch, Lim together with Dr Chan joined the survivors in the first lap around the field. The other participating teams subsequently carried banners and streamers as they did the walkabout led by the survivors.
There were games, live entertainment, body combat demonstration, exhibitions, free health screening, face paintings, and lucky draws throughout by the Penang Hospital, Penang Adventist Hospital, DISTED College, Celebrity Fitness and the others.
The 16-hour relay organised by NCSM Penang branch and Penang Hospice Society culminated with the closing the next morning by Phee Boon Poh, Penang State Executive Councillor for Health and Welfare, Caring Society and Environment.