The cornerstone of every association’s survival is how financially sustainable they are. Join our conversation with Dr. Lydia Makaroff from the World Bladder Cancer Coalition along with Jodie Sim and Genevieve Tan from the Sarawak Children Cancer Society to get some great ideas on how to generate more income especially during the current pandemic. Join Nadia Rubtsova and Ronald Lim in our latest podcast called Associations Connect Series – where we will be having insightful conversations with the association professionals. The only podcast that bridge the gap between Asian and European association specialists through valuable education, knowledge sharing and networking. This podcast series is available on Tribe Digital Campus, brought to you by Business Events Sarawak!
Dr Lydia Makaroff
Dr Lydia Makaroff is the President of the World Bladder Cancer Patient Coalition and Chief Executive of Fight Bladder Cancer in the UK. Prior to her current roles, she was the Director at Europe’s largest cancer patient umbrella organisation – the European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC). Lydia holds a PhD in immunology and a Masters’ degree in Public Health and has over ten years’ international work experience in non-communicable disease research and policy. She has worked across many different sectors in health: in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and the non-profit sector. She previously conducted medical research at the Australian National University; worked as a senior post-doctoral fellow at the University of Washington; and for the International Diabetes Federation as their Epidemiology and Public Health Manager.
Jodie Sim, Executive Director of SCCS since 2021. Got involved with SCCS in 2009, as one of the first organizing committee members for GoBald – SCCS’s signature fundraiser for the Society. Officially joined the society in 2013 as a program and services manager. Roles and responsibilities include overseeing daily operations, evaluating and reviewing SCCS’s programs and services, and developing and managing budgets and strategic plans in accordance with the society’s mission.
Genevieve Tan started with SCCS as a volunteer in 2010, under an events company that was helping to run GoBald. She was inspired by the participants and continued to volunteer for the event every year. In 2016 she stepped away from the automotive industry and joined SCCS as a full-time staff, as she wanted to achieve her passion for helping people. Since then she has managed SCCS’s main external events, such as GoBald, the annual statewide awareness and fundraising campaign, which saw over 600 participants and over RM700,000 raised yearly, and Colour Rush, a charity run with colour powders, which saw over 5,000 participants and over RM100,000 raised yearly, as well as internal events such as Family Day, our statewide gathering of over 100 childhood cancer families, and Youth Camp, for childhood cancer survivors to build self-confidence and leadership.