Message from Chairman
Mr. Toh Soon Huat JP, BBM, PVPA
Executive Chairman, Board of Directors of Sian Chay Medical Institution
President’s Volunteerism & Philanthrophy Award (PVPA) 2015 Winner
The slender figure dances with music. The clear eyes convey the thoughts and the graceful movements encapsulate thousands of words of the dancer. This is the reflection of beauty. This is the soul of beauty. It is like a breeze in spring. It is the rhythm of life. This is dance, art of beauty, straight through the heart.
The Bellydance Extraordinaire, established in 2008, is the most illustrious and professional Oriental Dance School in Singapore.
Bellydance Extraordinaire aims to actively promote Oriental Dance to the public as a novel performing art and a wonderful activity that can be learned and enjoyed by all ages – especially ladies. The School runs daily professional dance classes in authentic Egyptian & Turkish Oriental dances and Fusion styles, and is very active in a variety of local and overseas entertainment events. The performing styles include Modern Bellydance, Khaleegi, Flamenco, Chinese Fusion, Bollywood, Hawaiian, Hip-Hop and many others. Over the past five years, Ms Jamila led the students to actively perform pro bono at the charity fundraising dinners. In particular, Bellydance Extraordinaire raised $112,000 in charity funding during the 2016 World Belly Dance Festival for helping the low-income families. From 2014 to 2017, many dance festivals were held with a profound influence in the arts circle. Under the leadership of Founder Jamila, they not only conveyed the beauty of dance, but also showed the world their pursuit of charity.
Currently, Singapore’s population is ageing rapidly. The ageing population means that the chronic diseases have become the biggest burden for the elders, which are not easy to cure and more complicated. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a good treatment method. It can reduce the pain and relax the body. The demand will be great in the near future. Sian Chay Medical Institution has always adhere to the five core values: “Forgiveness, Universal Love, Compassion, Gratitude and Blessing”. To support of nation building and promote social harmony, Sian Chay actively promotes its beliefs that “Nation Progresses, Family Prospers. Family Harmony, Successful Endeavours” and that “Forward with the Nation, Bonding with the People.” Sian Chay supports social charity causes and actively participates in the charity activities organised by community organisations, civic groups and community centres to pay back to the society.
Trust, Action, Attitude and conduct form the integrity and virtues of charity work in Sian Chay. We must treat charity as a commitment and treat needy individuals with humility. Try to be in others’ shoes, see our responsibility from others’ difficulty, learn to tolerate and forgive others and take courage. This is not only a kind of compassion but also self-cultivation that will bring warmth and love to the family.
Charity and philanthropy are two different conceptions, levels and realms. Charity is about likes and dislikes, casual and dispensable. Philanthropy is qualitative, commitment, compassion, not optional, not about likes or dislikes, only about consistent devotion and gratitude.
In recent years, Sian Chay has actively participates in the community and charity activities to promote wellness lifestyle and encourage blissful living. We also offer Mandarin conversational courses for non- Chinese residents. At the same time, we have widely distributed leaflets in four official languages so that all ethnic groups can understand Chinese culture. We can communicate with each other, interact with each other, share resources, and promote racial harmony, creating a harmonious society. Sian hay has gained widespread acceptance through the community activities, eg free haircut services for the elderly at the branches, free art courses by renowned artists for the community, goodie bags for low income families etc. May I urge everyone to share our charity resources and serve the community via Sian Chay’s TCM platform.
Sian Chay Medical Institution is a charity dedicated to promoting universal love and devotion. Just like Bellydance Extraordinaire, Sian Chay also aims to help more people and promote beauty. Sian Chay is promoting the spirit of beauty while Bellydance Extraordinaire is promoting the art of beauty. The beauty requires senses to perceive, and dances to spread positive energy. From this perspective, they are so similar.
Kindness is a sort of power that expels darkness and brings light. Kindness is a sort of power that bestows on noble souls to those who yearn for it.