Monday, 28 October 2013

Walk-A-Payung 2013 - Report

Walking for SLE

Pimp My Payung

As was often the case for the month of October I had to forgo many charity events no thanks to my need to run long outside Sarawak.  On Sunday, 20th October 2013 I was running near Sunway Pyramid. Yes I was doing it for a medal, as part of my weekend combo run, but still my heart was in Kuching, where I missed not one, but two charity events - the Power of Love Charity Run and the Walk-A-Payung. Lucky for me I had friends who went to both events who took photos and let me post them in my blog so that others can share in what had occurred while I was away. Many thanks to Esther Ambin who provided me with all the photos you see belong. She is in some of the pictures posted. Without her help this blog would have been just words telling people more about what the event was all about.  For starters SLE stands for Systemic Lupus Erythemastosus, or just Lupus for short. It is incurable but can easily be controlled and managed if the disease is diagnosed and treated early.

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease of an autoimmune nature that can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs in the body.  The symptoms of SLE include skin rashes and arthritis, often accompanied by fatigue and fever.  Anyone showing signs and symptoms of Lupus can consult a doctor for tests.  If it is confirmed that they have the disease they will be referred to the Lupus Clinic. However it is important to note that not all patients who develop such symptoms have the disease as there are many other illnesses that mimic SLE.  The Walk-A-Payung event helps create awareness on SLE as they are still many who do not know what the disease is all about.  About 350 people took part in the event.  The highlight of which was the Pimp My Payung contest.  Participants had to decorate their payungs up and the best decorated ones were adjudged the winners.  There was also free check ups and a lucky draw.  From the pictures it sure looks like everyone had a good time.

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