SIAN CHAY LOVE AND CARE CHARITY DINNER – Mr. Henry Kwek Hian Chuan MP for Nee Soon GRC
SIAN CHAY LOVE AND CARE CHARITY DINNER
Mr. Henry Kwek Hian Chuan
MP for Nee Soon GRC
I am happy to attend this “Love and Care Charity Dinner” organised by Sian Chay Medical Institution. There is a saying that goes “whenever the heart is filled with love, then one can find love everywhere”. This is indeed the true spirit of charity; and it is a form of devotion. This is love for the family, for your work and for the nation. I would like to express my appreciation to all of you here, because you are the ones filling with love in your hearts.
Established in 1901, Sian Chay Medical Institution has been offering free TCM consultation and subsidized medication for the community regardless of race, religion, and nationality for over a century, rendering benefits to the population and serving close to a million patient visits.
To propagate its philanthropic culture, the 117-year-old Sian Chay Medical Institution has been actively promoting charitable endeavours in Singapore, and motivating the younger generation to do good. On 26 November 2017, I attended the “Sian Chay Love & Care Charity Concert” jointly organized by Sian Chay, Project Volta, together with Hwa Chong Institution, Nanyang Girls’ School, Raffles Girls’ School and Raffles Institution. The wonderful performances warmed my heart and energized me with boundless vitality. This event has enabled our youth to understand what charity entails, inspired them with positive energy, planted the seeds of love in their hearts, and given them vision for a better tomorrow.
In line with the new generation and trend in philanthropy, Chairman of Sian Chay Medical Institution Mr. Toh Soon Huat has refined the century-old philanthropic spirit of Sian Chay into the 5 core values of ”Forgiveness, Universal Love, Compassion, Gratitude & Blessing”. This concept is being incorporated into the daily life of everyone at Sian Chay to enhance the well-being of more Singaporeans, and promote the idea of “benefit from the society, paying back to the society”. The well-to-do ones can donate funds while others can contribute by their efforts; and together everyone doing their part for charity and trying their best to look after the disadvantaged in the society. Mr. Toh also attempts to promote the concept of: ”Nation Progresses, Family Prospers. Family Harmony, Successful Endeavours. Forward with the Nation, Bonding with the People”. This has certainly instills more confidence and belief in Sian Chay, and garner greater love for Sian Chay. I wish to thank Mr. Toh for his good work, as he has transformed Sian Chay to something extraordinary, raising its profile and widening its horizon – which is “Universal love is boundless”. Such universal love requires devotion and dedication in the long term. It adds vibrancy and greatness to the benevolent people.
At this juncture, I like to congratulate Mr. Toh on being appointed as a Justice of Peace (JP), which affirms his significant contributions in the fields of philanthropy, professionalism as well as public & social services.
Liu Bei in Chinese history once said: “Do not fail to do good even if it’s a small act; do not engage in evil even if in small measure.” Doing good is a kind of positive brightness. Every act of kindness would certainly be illuminated by the radiance of God. Over a period of time, the person’s spirit will also grow closer to God as a result of this radiance, bringing happiness and well-being to the family.
I would like to thank Sian Chay Medical Institution for its contributions to the society, and wish everyone with a blissful family, wonderful life and successful career!