‘What were the notable perks of volunteering at the Australian Chinese Medical Association Victoria (ACMAV) charity ball in 2014?’, I hear you ask.
Well first and foremost, the ball was held to raise awareness of Hepatitis B (HBV) and Hepatitis B associated liver cancer. HBV affects 1 in 10 Asian Americans and 1 in 4 of these individuals with HBV will die from liver cancer or cirrhosis – some develop cancer as early as 30 years old. It is known as the ‘silent-killer’ because most people with HBV don’t know that they have it and it can be vertically transmitted (passed down a generation) from mother to child. Children congenitally acquiring HBV carry it for life, regardless of future vaccinations. Because the detection of HBV is so easily missed, it is up to the patient to specifically request a HBV blood test. At least 90% of HBV related deaths are preventable through early diagnosis by a blood test. Help raise awareness by wearing a Jade ribbon!
It was a pleasure to meet the 5 other student volunteers in the team. Although they were all in their third year studying MBBS at Monash, they were welcoming and a lot of fun to work with.
The food was quite nice – one of the volunteers and I managed to score another entrée dish because there were 4 empty seats on our table and we said that there were another two people coming later. It’s not every ball that you get to have 2 entrée dishes to yourself – I mean you gotta make the most out of the ball right? Carpe diem – or rather seize the dish!
Derryn Hinch was the ‘Master of Ceremonies’ (MC) and we managed to get a photo and a selfie with the man himself:
The funniest thing that happened on the night was when we decided to go to the dancefloor and bust our moves to YMCA and The Nutbush. We were dancing with doctors 3 decades our senior and I swear we were doing the nutbush for at least 10 minutes, making it a solid workout.
Rather than a photobooth, there was a place where you could make a flip book for six seconds of a desired action. They were finishing up and said we would be the last ones, so my friend and I decided to go for it. We wore prop-sunglasses and play-fought each other with a toy-sword and an oversized toy-scissor.
In other news, this week I have a microbes mid-semester test and GAMSAT UK is next week! I’ll be honest, I don’t think I will have time to study for it, let alone muster the motivation to start studying for it. I’ll keep you posted on how I fare.