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Donation to benefit the seniors.


Top level Chairman's messages

Geriatric care is important to the society and it is not an easy task. The gradual ageing of the population is a social problem, which the community will necessarily have to spend resources to handle.

On Saturday February 22, 2003 at 8:00 p.m. on Jade Channel, TVB, there will be a fund-raising event presented by Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation of Hong Kong Limited ˇV a charitable organization formed by a group of dedicated Hong Kong Volunteers who believe in spreading the Yee Hong Model of care for geriatric in Hong Kong, mainland China and Asia. The show is to raise funds to build the Education and Training Centre so that Yee Hongˇ¦s best practices can be shared with, and for education of, those who are interested in providing services to the senior population in the most appropriate and possible way.

We wish to enlist the support of our members to this worthwhile project to benefit the seniors. In 1990, CCA responded to the call of the community to start CDNIS. We did it as a community service to Hong Kong and many executives and members of CCA devoted selflessly time and money to help the project for the good of the community as a whole. We did demonstrate the strength of the Canadian community in Hong Kong, in particular, the collective strength of the Chinese Canadian community in connection with that project.

Yee Hong was started in the same year as CCA in 1987. It opened its first geriatric center in Toronto in 1994 and has since provided high quality and award-winning care services for the seniors.

As a leader in the field, visitors from all over the world have come to visit and learn from Yee Hong. These include the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation, which will build a center modeled after Yee Hong in Shenzhen. Others include S.U.C.C.S.S. Multi-level Care Society in Vancouver; Chinese Christian Wing Kei Nursing Home Association in Calgary; The Glebe Center in Ottawa and also visitors from China, United States, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and you name it.

Yee Hong was so well-received that Ontario Ministry of Health awarded it 715 bed licenses in 1998 and 1999 which translate into an operating funding of over C million a year. Yee Hong is to build three additional geriatric care centers, along with an expansion of the first Center with the awarded bed licenses to provide its excellent care to the thousand of seniors on the Yee Hong waiting list. Markham Yee Hong Center with 200 beds has started serving seniors in October 2002. Mississauga Yee Hong Center with another 200 beds will be completed in the fall of 2003. On site with the Scarborough Yee Hong Center (250 beds) scheduled to be completed in mid-2004, a premier education and training center will also be built for the benefit of all service for the seniors.

In the short history of Yee Hong, it has served thousands of seniors and their families in its Center. The majority of them have spent their lives in Hong Kong. Hong Kong has, therefore, indirectly benefited from its operations.

Please support by making a donation and you can commit by either making a pledge ahead of the Show, or during the Show.
For information, you may contact Yee Hongˇ¦s website at www.yeehong.com

SUPPORT LIFELINE EXPRESS ˇV A CHARITY TO PROVIDE EYE OPERATIONS FOR THE POOR IN CHINA

Marcia Aw was our new recruit and a returnee from Vancouver.

She attended boarding schools in England in the sixties and migrated to Vancouver some 20 years ago. While living in Canada, she involved mainly with charitable works.

In the beginning of 2003, Marcia visited Hong Kong and was introduced to Lifeline Express by the Chairman of Impact Hong Kong Foundation, Nellie Fong. The works of Lifeline Express greatly fascinated her and prompted her return to Hong Kong to devote herself to the cause. She took up the post of General Manager, Projects.

What is ˇ§Lifeline Expressˇ¨? You may ask.
It is a purpose built eye hospital train that shuttles through the remote villages of Mainland China. Annually, more than 9,000 free cataract operations are performed on the train. The train consists of a consultation clinic, a laboratory, an operating theatre and a recovery room.

In 1997, the first ˇ§Lifeline Expressˇ¨ funded by the Hong Kong Impact Foundation was donated to Mainland China by Hong Kong and now after six short years, three trains are in operation. Due to the success of the trains, China granted a charity license to ˇ§Lifeline Expressˇ¨ in the Mainland.

Removing cataract and restoring sight is not the only goal of ˇ§Lifeline Expressˇ¨, the long term prospect is to build microscopic eye surgery training centers in existing hospitals in different parts of China. Your support can be extended by way of volunteer work or donations.

Donation can be paid directly to:

Hong Kong Bank Account no. 511-895955-001 or
Bank of China (HK) Account no.012-875-0-0279600 by check payable to ˇ§Impact Hong Kong Foundationˇ¨ or can be sent to Room 907, China Aerospace Center, 143 Hoi Bun Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon.

For enquiries, please call 2861-0862




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