Love D’ Charity Dinner 2018- Mr. Heng Chee How, Honourable Adviser of Sian Chay Medical Institution and Senior Minister of State for Defence
“Love D’ Charity Dinner 2018”
– Mr. Heng Chee How, Honourable Adviser of Sian Chay Medical Institution and Senior Minister of State for Defence.
Sunday,4th November 2018
I am very happy to be invited to grace the fundraising dinner of Sian Chay Medical Institution again. What I want to share with you is that as a Member of Parliament and an Honourable Adviser ,I have a relationship with the Sian Chay Medical Institution in the Whampoa constituency.
In the past ten years, Sian Chay under the Chairmanship of Toh Soon Huat has opened 15 branches. One of the branches is in Whampoa. The operating budget of Sian Chay Medical Institution is about $6 million a year. The budget needed is increasing gradually. I hope everyone can do your best to help and donate generously to Sian Chay.
The fundraising campaign of Sian Chay Medical Institution is not a one-time solution. It is not easy to maintain and operate these 15 branches and serve the people. Funds donated to Sian Chay Medical Institution is not misused by Chairman Toh. He welcomes public scrutiny and used the funds to support the needy patients. Take Whampoa as an example. Since the commencement of service of Sian Chay Whampoa Branch, it has handled 190,000 patient visits and dispensed 500,000 dosages of prescription. Although it is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) charity, there is no limitation for doing good deeds. In a multi-racial country like Singapore, Sian Chay Medical Institution, under the leadership of Chairman Toh Soon Huat, provides low cost medicine to benefit the community regardless of race or religion. I also understand the difficulty of sustaining this operation. There is no charge for medical treatment but the medicine is costly. Therefore, I hope that we can appreciate his actions and appreciate his ability and strength. Not just for this year alone, I hope everyone can always support Sian Chay Medical Institution. Thank you.