4th March – The youth ambassador for National Kidney Foundation (NKF), and world current fourth celebrity beatboxer, Shawn Lee paid a visit to Sabah Skills & Technology Centre.
The visit to the centre was the first pit stop on his second day in Sabah for the talented lad who was trying to raise awareness on kidney disease. “I have heard and seen stories of those who are suffering from kidney diseases. It’s a lifetime disease and more and more youngsters are getting it,” said Shawn Lee who brought Malaysia’s name to fame when he won fourth place in the World Beatbox Championship in Germany in 2012. Founded in 1969, NKF has more than 1500 patients receiving subsidised dialysis treatments in 27 dialysis centres nationwide. Each patient has to endure at least four hours of dialysis treatment, three times a week or 13 times a month, for life. Although the treatments have been subsidised by NKF, many still had to choose between their daily basic necessities and much needed life-saving dialysis treatment as they generally come from the lower income group. Not only the trainees were given an awareness talk about the kidney disease, they were hyped up upon knowing Shawn was going to put on a beat-box performance. His electrifying performance received an overwhelming response from the audience. At the end of the event, Shawn had an autograph and photo-session with the trainees before heading to his next stop.