83rd Installation Ceremony – Speech by JP,BBM,PVPA Dr Toh Soon Huat
Our Guest of Honour Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Ng Chee Meng, Special Guests Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Health, Dr Lam Pin Min Member of Parliament, Tanjong Pagar GRC, Mr Melvin Yong Yik Chye, Grassroots Adviser of Hougang SMC, Mr Lee Hong Chuan, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Prople’s Republic of China, Mr Wang Jiarong, Ambassador of the Embassy of Finland，Ms Paula Parviainen，Organising Chairman Dato’ Seri Dr Derek Goh BBM. Ladies and gentlemen, good evening, everyone! Thank you for taking the time to attend and support Sian Medical Institution 83rd Term BOD Installation Ceremony.
United together with clear conscience and righteousness to foster positive energy. Justice and Selflessness form the basis of peace.
Opening ceremonies, participation, conferment, encouragement, self reliance, uniqueness, dignity and worthy of respect.
Background, Thoughts, Perspiration. Compassionate Action, Heartfelt Sincerity, Benevolence.
Sian Chay Medical Institution was established over 100 years ago. A century ago, the founders offered medicines and treatment to the community regardless of race, religion or nationality, helping and benefiting the people with selfless dedication. This is a spirit of Sian Chay and also virtue of Sian Chay.
We should not only uphold this spirit, but also continue to learn, to upgrade, and convey this spirit to more people and contribute to the society.
The responsibility of Sian Chay is to take good care of every resident, bring happiness to the needy families, and make effort to build a better tomorrow for our nation, so that every patient can get timely treatment and the society becomes more stable and harmonious.
Sian Chay Medical Institution has been providing free Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) consultation. Currently 15 Branches islandwide serving about 1,200 patients daily. Full wavier for Pioneer Generation patients and those with financial difficulties may apply for medical wavier.
In the past 4 years (2014-2017) Sian Chay has served an aggregate of 973,093 patient visits and dispensed 1,816,683 dosages of prescription.
In the next 5 years (2018-2022), the no. of patient visits and dosages of prescription are expected to increase to 2.5 million and 4.8 million respectively.
What is the end of life like? You will never know the answer until you arrive at the end. But life can influence each other and enrich the meaning of life. The meaning of life is value and connotation.
The self-cultivation and pattern of thought have nothing to do with age but lie in the inner levels of compassion, empathy, contribution and reflection.
Let us be grateful to the fate when we enjoy our daily happiness. At the same time, we should send our love to those who need help, because only humble and grateful minds will be blessed with love.
Currently, Singapore’s population is ageing rapidly.As a charity TCM institution, Sian Chay has our unique advantage in the treatment of chronic diseases with Traditional Chinese Medicine Wellness therapy; including tuina therapy and acupuncture treatment, which have won the unanimous praise from patients of all races.
With the concerted efforts of public and management of Sian Chay as well as support and encouragement by its supporters and volunteers；Sian Chay has transformed from a traditional charitable organization into a professional social enterprise in the last 10 years since 2008.
We look for more support and bonding from the public. We wish we could tell everybody about “$10 of love”. Every $10 donation can support one elderly patient to enjoy free consultation and medicine.
Helping a person is equivalent to helping a family. Any person in a big family falls sick, the family’s mood will be affected. Our mission is to help the patients seek relief from suffering and gain happiness, and foster a blissful family. Thereby fostering social and racial harmony.
Adhering to the charitable spirit of Sian Chay: Trust, Action, Attitude and Conduct form the integrity and virtues of charity work.
Through Sian Chay platform to promote racial harmony and social stability. Racial harmony is the cornerstone of social cohesion, social consciousness, social progress and social development. Everyone should treasure and contribute to the racial harmony, building a beautiful nation, fostering loving care, friendship, sharing quality life and build a prosperous Singapore.
Be grateful and Cherish life. We are grateful to the patients who visited Sian Chay, as we are given the opportunity to serve them. They give us the opportunity to learn, grow and ascend, at the same time fulfilling our responsibilities and duties as citizens.
Charity and Philanthropy are distinct form and substance respectively. Charity has a choice and is optional. One can donate today but discontinue tomorrow. It is not permanent.
Philanthropy is permanent, responsibility and compassion. It is not a matter of choice or interest, it is about passion. Philanthropy is contribution and more contribution, gratitude and more gratitude.
Solve the future now. Pursue the future. Reach the future. Future may not reflect the present. So treasure the fate and present moment, excel in the bright future.
Will you still exist tomorrow?
There are only 24 hours in a day. Time passes no matter one spends the day merry making or engaging in charitable deeds. Life in itself is unpredictable, and there is no way one will know when it will all come to an end. Therefore, appreciate every moment and live one’s life responsibly and wisely. Show gratitude in everything we do as we live our ordinary, and at times, extraordinary lives.
Life is impermanent, present is impermanent, future is impermanent. Gratitude for the existence and meaning of life. We cannot determine one’s lifespan but may determine its depth. Let the life be filled with meaning and at every stage, happening, experience, change, upgrade oneself and henceforth transform life and bless humanity.
Rapid social progress and great changes in the environment. The government is already thinking of ways to serve the people. As citizens, we should also assist the government with our responsibilities and strengths. Money or energy, give whatever you have to help. Do not fail to commit an act of kindness just because it is small in scale.
When a person passed away he cannot bring along anything with him. During one’s lifetime everyone should within his own ability contribute to society and give back to society.
The appearance and the beauty of a person will fade with time. The compassion and connotation of a person will always last and glow.
With universal love and gratitude, we join hands with you to promote the spirit of philanthropy.
I would like to thank members of the public, government agencies, government officials, sponsors, Honourable Chairmen, Directors, Charity Ambassadors, Benevolent Ambassadors, and Sian Chay’s team for their support for all these years.
Not forgetting our physicians, therapists and colleagues, heart-felt gratitude to you all. Unity is strength. Everyone working together. Rescue & Life-saving. 100 Years of Service with Benevolence and Professionalism.
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Sharing with others the Sian Chay’s TCM platform in serving the community.
With Blessing and Gratitude. Wishing you a pleasant evening.