Sian Chay Bonding with Love
Sunday, 7th July 2019
Nation Progresses, Family Prospers. Family Harmony, Successful Endeavours. Forward with the Nation, Bonding with the People.
At 7:00 pm on July 7th, the 118-year-old Sian Chay Medical Institution hosted the Inaugural TV Charity Show, “Sian Chay Bonding with Love” at MES Theatre at Mediacorp. The Guest of Honour was President Halimah Yacob, Patron of Sian Chay Medical Institution. Other VIP guests of the charity show included Mr. Mohammed Abdullah Allabshee, Mr Teo Set Luck, MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, Mr Henry Kwek, MP for Nee Soon GRC, Mr Lee Hong Chuang BBM, Adviser to Hougang Grassroots Organisations, Mr Qiu Yuanxing, Counsellor and Consul General of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Singapore, Chairman of the Charities Council Dr. Gerard Ee PJG, BBM, PBM, Chairman of the Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board Dr Yu-Foo Yee Shoon JP, Chairman of the Community Chest Mr Philip Tan PJG, JP, BBM(L), BBM, PBM and his wife, Commissioner of Charities Dr Ang Hak Seng and his wife, CEO of the National Council of Social Services Mr. Sim Gim Guan, PPA (P), PPA (P)(T), Vice Chairman of the Pei Hwa Foundation, Mr Ang Mong Seng BBM and his wife, Chairman of the Singapore Table Tennis Association, Ms. Ellen Lee JP, PBM, Chairman of Nam Hwa Opera Limited Mr. Toh Lim Mok JP, BBM(L), Ms. Tham Loke Kheng, CEO of Mediacorp and Mr Toh Soon Huat JP, BBM, PBM, PVPA, Chairman of Sian Chay Medical Institution, Honorary Chairmen and Directors of Sian Chay Medical Institution also participated in the event.
Since I started volunteering with Sian Chay a decade ago, the journey has been nothing short of enriching and, most important of all, a humbling experience.
I am enamoured of the core values: forgiveness, compassion, universal love, gratitude and blessing. The values enable us to solve problems including, but not limited to, health issues and resolving conflicts between one another. In addition, I am awestruck by the belief that as the “nation progresses, the family prospers; when there is family harmony, it will lead to successful endeavours. As we move forward with the nation, a strong bond will be forged with the people”.
It is our belief that the wealthy should always seek to help the less fortunate while the capable must lend a helping hand to the vulnerable.
While it took me three months to put together “Sian Chay Bonding With Love Charity Show”, it is the decade-long of involvement in charity work and my relentless effort in upgrading the charitable organisation so as to help even more patients that have humbled me. I am grateful to the team of colleagues that have worked hard with me, and I am thankful to the public for supporting the charitable cause.
The curtain has come down on the fundraising variety show, but I wish to highlight that the event was not just an ordinary variety show. It is educational, it has a deeper meaning to it, and it is a brightened path for the less fortunate.
Charity should not be frowned upon; we should all embrace charity with joy! This is the reason why I tend to spend much time contemplating how to make more people understand charity, what is light of hope, what is compassion, and how we should pay back to society so as to help the poor and needy.
I would like to take this opportunity to pay a special tribute to the charitable people who have supported this event, the sponsors, the artistes, everyone else involved in this fundraising event, my colleagues, my directors and, last but not least, the general public for all your generous support!
We will strive to do even better, improve ourselves and provide even more for the people who need our assistance!
In the performances, a total of 210 participants behind the scene were doing a good job. The Charity ambassadors of Sian Chay, Lee Wei Song and Lee Si Song, who composed the Sian Chay’s theme song, ‘Joy of Sian Chay’ and sang with Zoe Tay, Chen Han Wei, Desmond Tan, Jay Lim and 40 students; after that the Malay diva Rahima Rahim did a full-fledged vocal performance. She first used the Malay song “Burung Kakak Tua” to sizzle the atmosphere. Later, when she appeared on the stage, she won over the audience with a Chinese classic “Wang Zhaojun”. The Charity Show reached its climax. It is full of enthusiasm, Chinese lyrics is clear, the fast pace of the second half of the song is also difficult to beat her, amazing, admirable; new generation Mediacorp beautiful artistes: Mei Xin, Fang Rong, Jasmine Sim, Denise Tan and Indian dance group presents world-class Indian dance plus the Bollywood Dance performed by Jamila Wang and her daughter; Vincent Ng and Singapore National World Taijiquan champion He Lingying, 2017 East Asian Games double gold winner Lin Siwei, led the Singapore Martial Arts and Lions Troupe and the 90 performers of Dance Ensemble brought together the martial arts dance “Dance Wushu Shining on People”; the jazz suites performed by Jimmy Ye, Joanna Dong, Hong Shaoxuan and Sebastian Tan also won a lot of audience applause. Support, four singers sang Liang Wenfu’s many creations, including “Beginning”, “Worry”, “Water Words”, “Like You”, etc., and adapted the song into a jazz style, which is refreshing; Appreciated by the audience, the lyrics conveyed the five core values of Sian Chay Medical Institution in different dialects. Performers Marcus Chen, Richard Low, Zhu Hou Ren, Mark Lee, Henry Thia and Henry Heng gave their best performances and won a lot of applause.
In addition to the local artistes contributing to charity, overseas performance guests spare no efforts to contribute to charity, including love song veterans Fish Leong, Judy Ongg, Daniel Lo, Anna Lin, Ricky Hsiao and so on.
Jackie Chan, Lin Junjie, Stefanie Sun, and Liu Jiachang were unable to attend the charity show, but they recorded a video message calling for support for Sian Chay.
The Charity Show raised funds through sponsorships and hotline donations raising a total of $8.46 million. A total of 1,300 people attended the Charity Show, and the viewership of live telecast was over 800,000.
If you missed the wonderful live telecast, you can watch the repeat show on Channel 8 on this Sunday 14th July from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, so don’t miss it.
The Sian Chay Medical Institution donation hotlines are open to the public from 15th May to 31st July (open 24 hours):
$10 – 1900 112 0808
$30 – 1900 112 1818
$50 – 1900 112 2828
$100- 1900 112 3838
Donations over $100 can be made to 6386 6868 Monday to Sunday: 9am to 6pm).
Since the establishment, Sian Chay Medical Institution, is already 118 years old today. Since 2008, Mr. Toh Soon Huat has been serving as the Chairman of the Sian Chay Medical Institution. With the support of the public and the cooperation of the board and team, the Institution has been revitalized. The new vitality has enabled the medical institution to develop into a charity with 15 branches, serving more than 1,400 patients a day, and supported four Wellness centres, with 10,000 residents attending a variety of recreational activities beneficial to the body and mind each year. Sian Chay has also been widely recognized and praised by patients and caring people
In the past five years (2014 to 2018), Sian Chay has served a total of 1.42 million patient visits and dispensed 2.65 million dosages of prescription. In the next five years (2019 to 2023), the number of patient visits is estimated at 2.5 million, and the number of prescription dosages is estimated at 4.8 million.
In 2018, the number of Pioneer Generation patient visits was 217,151 compared with 185,143 in 2016, an increase of 32,008 patient visits or an increase of 17.29%. Since the establishment of Pioneer Generation Medical Fund in 2016 till 31st December 2018, (3 years ) a total of 538,287 people benefited from the Pioneer Generation Medical Fund.
In 2018, the 15 branches of Sian Chay served 37,602 patients and a total of 440,342 patient visits, and dispensed 834,866 prescription dosages.
In 2008, there were only 4 employees of Sian Chay Medical Institution that served an average of over 20 patients daily at 610 Geylang main branch. As at March 2019, Sian Chay Medical Institution has grown to 120 employees, serving over 1,400 patients daily .
In mid-2020, Sian Chay will add a new branch to serve residents in Chua Chu Kang. (Address: Blk 153 Jalan Teck Whye Sinapore 680153)
We should “donate regardless of the amount,” and $10 donation will benefit a sick person from a low-income family to receive free consultation and medicine at Sian Chay Medical Institution; helping a person is equivalent to helping a family. Because anyone from a big family falls sick, the life and mood of the family will be greatly affected and impacted. Helping a family brings joy and happiness to everyone around him. We hope that by helping patients to get relieved from suffering and pain, and foster happy, and healthy families and a harmonious society, everyone will feel bright vision because they live in this country.
Since its establishment, Sian Chay Medical Institution has actively participated in community charity activities, promoted health awareness, encouraged healthy lifestyle activities, and allowed more non-Chinese residents to understand Chinese culture; everyone connecting, enhancing friendship, interacting with each other, and sharing resources, promote racial harmony and love for the people. For example, Mother’s Day, Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, we invited senior citizens and residents to watch performances, distributed more than 20,000 walking aid umbrellas to the elderly, and shared over 5,000
rice dumplings. Nearly 8,000 seniors and low income families were invited to attend concerts. Part-time hair stylists and volunteers were recruited to cut hair for the elderly at the branches, invited celebrities to conduct pro bono art classes for the community and other activities, distributed goodie bags, distributed over 10,000 daily necessities packages to low-income families staying in rented flats as well as paying attention to the physical and mental health of senior citizens.
Sian Chay also actively engages the younger generation to co-operate with Sian Chay to do good deeds, encourages more people to participate in good deeds, organizes volunteer teams, and accepts the participation of all benevolent people, so that Sian Chay can play a greater mutual assistance role. It also assists new immigrants to successfully integrate into the local culture.
All along, Sian Chay actively promotes the five core values of “forgiveness, universal love, compassion, gratitude and blessing” and upholds the spirit of charity: trust, action, attitude, and conduct form the integrity and virtues of charity work. At the same time, this spirit is also integrated into the daily code conduct of the medical institution. The socially disadvantaged groups are taken care of by those who have money contributing funds, while those who have ability can give efforts. Our belief is “Nation Progresses, Family Prospers. Family Harmony, Successful Endeavours. Forward with the Nation, Bonding with the People” . This will make society more and more beautiful.”
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We look forward to the benevolent people from all walks of life to help Sian Chay and then expand the medical service to serve the public. Looking forward to working together and be grateful!