Kindness and Love on the same journey with Gratitude
Beauty With A Purpose Charity Gala was successfully held
Nation Progresses, Family Prospers; Family Harmony, Successful Endeavours.
Last night (8th September ), Sian Chay Medical Institution successfully organised the “Beauty With A Purpose Charity Gala” at the Resorts World Sentosa. Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, was the Guest of Honour. Mr. Toh Soon Huat, JP, Chairman of Sian Chay Medical Institution, served as Advisor to the Organizing Committee. A total of 1,500 guests attended the charity gala dinner.
At 7 pm, Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education, accompanied by Chairman Toh Soon Huat and VIPs, stepped into the venue of the event, and the Gala Dinner was kicked off.
The gala dinner was held to show our appreciation to the benevolent people and the staff behind the scenes of “Sian Chay Bonding with Love” TV Charity Show on Channel 8 on 7th July. We took this opportunity to raise funds for the ” To’ Puan Dr Tsao Sui Lan Memorial Endowment Fund”.
On the evening of 21st May 2018, Dato Dr. Tan Hian-Tsin generously donated $2 million at the launching ceremony of To’ Puan Dr Tsao Sui Lan Memorial Endowment Fund. President of the Republic of Singapore and Patron of Sian Chay Medical Institution, Mdm Halimah Yacob officially launched the Fund.
On 2nd September 2018, “Beauty With A Purpose Charity Gala Dinner” once again received the generous donations and support, raising $4 million. Mr. Melvin Yong, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC, was the Guest of Honour.
This year, Dato Dr. Tan Hian-Tsin once again pledged a matching donation of up to $1million of one-dollar for every two dollars raised.
The growth and development of Sian Chay Medical Institution is inseparable from the support of the public and sponsors. It is also inseparable from the selfless dedication of Chairman Toh Soon Huat and the pioneer leaders of Sian Chay, as well as the support of the directors.
During the event, Guest of Honour, Minister Ong Ye Kung, presented tokens of appreciation to the supporters and also presented three special awards:
- Special Contribution Award
Dr. Tan, Life Honorouble Chairman of Sian Chay, who donated $2 million to support the launch of the Memorial Endowment Fund. He said he was just doing his humble part to support the charity cause. It is also the largest donation amount that Sian Chay has received from an individual. Todate, the MEF has accumulated to $6 million .
- World Peace Special Contribution Award
Since 1972, Miss World organisation, adhering to the mission of “Beauty with a Purpose”, has raised over US$500 million for charitable organizations and helped disadvantaged children in over 100 countries.
“Sian Chay Medical Institution is a charity that promotes universal love and dedication as its own responsibility. The beauty pageant will promote beauty, love, dedication, and the compassion.
We hope that Ms. Julia Morley will lead Miss World oganisation to convey the charity culture, spirit and mission of Sian Chay to all corners of the world. Thanks again to Ms. Julia Morley for her efforts and contributions to spreading the positive energy of Sian Chay.
Miss World 2018, Vanessa Ponce, Miss World 2017, Manushi Chhillar, Miss World Organization Director and producer Steve Douglas also attended the event.
III. Long-term Service Award
- Physician Ho Gian Gwee, 74 years old. As the oldest physician at Sian Chay, he has served in Sian Chay for 37 years. He helped many stroke patients with TCM acupuncture. It is his greatest happiness to see the stroke patients walk again without crutches or wheelchairs.
- Physcian Lee Geok Kea, 73 years old. She has served in the 610 Main branch for 35 years. Thanks to Physician Ho Gian Gwee and Physician Lee Geok Kea from Sian Chay Medical Institution for their low profile efforts and contributions. They have both dedicated the best period of their life to Sian Chay.
Chairman Toh Soon Huat said, ” I have been volunteering at Sian Chay for ten years, and I have learned and experienced a lot. I really like the core values of Sian Chay: Forgiveness, compassion, universal love, gratitude, and blessings. In fact, forgiveness, compassion, and universal love can solve many problems, including physical and mental health and conflicts between people. I also appreciate the beliefs that “Nation Progresses, Family Prospers; Family Harmony, Successful Endeavours”, and that “Forward with the Nation, Bonding with the People.” because these words carry wisdom, bright vision, universal love, compassion and empathy.
He also said, “Wealthy people should help the poor, and capable people should help the weak. It will make the society harmonious It is normal and righteous to help others and it is also a kind of self-cultivation and being nice with people.”
It took me three months to orgaise this TV charity show. In fact, it is not about three months. It is about my experience in the past ten years. It is a challenge, a change and improvement of my life. I have been changing myself, becoming better and more humble and contribute more to Singapore’s charity. Thanks to the patients for improving me. Thanks to the directors and colleagues for their help. Thanks to the public for their support and encouragement.
We all enjoyed the TV charity show on 7th July . There were over 1,400 guests at the show, and the viewership rating was 1.24 million. In fact, it was not just a TV charity show. It was an education, an inner meaning, and a bright vision. It motivated more people to contribute to charity, to take the bright journey together and serve the public together. Only when everyone help the poor, then the disadvantaged groups in the society will be reduced, and the country will be more harmonious.
Many people are less mobile, or have no means to buy conert tickets. Some really want to attend the concert but they can’t for various reasons. So, the TV show fulfills their wishes. I hope we can give them a chance to watch a wonderful performance at home. The family can gather together with snack and enjoy a pleasant, romantic and meaningful night in front of the TV.
We brought the four major languages performances to the Chinese programmes, so that more non-Chinese residents can understand Chinese medicine, benefit from Sian Chay’s charity platform, and foster racial harmony.
We let more people understand charity, understand the bright vision , understand compassion; we encouraged more people to participate in charity, working together to serve the public.
Sian Chay is a social enterprise operated by societal management to offer social service. I did not set any target for the Inaugural TV charity show, but I hoped everyone would find the answers to the following questions: Why does the society need Sian Chay? Why does Sian Chay exist? Does Sian Chay have anything to do with you? Do you have anything to do with Sian Chay? Can you show your bright and compassion, love and compassion through the platform of Sian Chay? Many people want to participate in charity. They can contribute their efforts to charity through a recognized platform managed by the compassionate and professional staff. The social enterprise is everyone’s business. Everyone should work together with compassion and share the bright journey.
Charity is not about individuals. It is for the public and everyone can participate in it. Charitable people should be kind and compassionate rather than petty and narrow-minded. If you are unwilling to donate alittle money, then you will have to improve and change yourself, understand yourself and understand life.
“Be grateful for the gift and existence of life”. We can’t decide the length of life, then we decide its width and make it more meaningful. In the process of life, every moment, every occurrence, every experience, every challenge, we need to change and improve ourselves and make our life different and benefit the world.
Charity is a kind of true love. It is sincere, compassionate, grateful, bright vision, and priceless. It is a kind of sincerity, inner meaning, affection, learning, and self-cultivation. It is the power to enrich life, and reflect the value of life.
Hereby, I would like to extend my gratitude to Patron of Sian Chay, President Halimah Yacob, Minister Ong Ye Kung, government agencies and the public. On behalf of all colleagues and beneficiaries of Sian Chay Medical Institution, I wish everybody a happy and warm night here!
The last sentence I would share with you: “Will you still exist tomorrow?”
Therefore, we must cherish the present, be grateful to life, and treasure life.”
Sian Chay is a social enterprise operated by societal management for social service. “社”means society and a society is a family. The society is closely related to us. Taking care of the society is taking care of our big family. To many people, $10 is just for a simple meal, but to Sian Chay, $10 can support a low-income elderly patient to receive free consultation and medication. (Pioneer Generation enjoys full waiver of medical charges at Sian Chay)
Sian Chay serves many Pioneer Generation patients suffering from chronic diseases for a long time. These elders have been dedicated to taking care of their families and nation building. We should be grateful to them. The predecessors planted trees; the descendants enjoyed the shade. The social stability nowadays is not easily achieved. Without them, there will be no Singapore today. But it is sad that many of them cannot afford a meal, let alone seeing a doctor. According to news reports, Sian Chay serves the most non-Chinese patients among the local TCM clinics, curing and helping a lot of people. Therefore, we should go all out to support Sian Chay, care for Sian Chay to sustain its operation and help more people. Helping a patient is equivalent to helping a family.
Many musicians and artistes gave pro bono performance at the event, including Charity Ambassadors of Sian Chay Medical Institution, famous musicians Paul Lee, Peter Lee and the teachers and students of LWS School of Music, BEAT ABOX members, violinist Wang Lina and her team, Singapore Wushu Dragon & Lion Dance federation, Principal of Bellydance Extraordinaire, Miss Jamila Wang and her team, Singer from Harbin Liu Weiyang, local artistes, Jay Lim and Allan Moo. Senior Artistes of Mediacorp, Ms Liu Wei Yang and young artiste Chen Yi Xi also shared their experience of participating in charity show. The charity gala dinner was hosted by Ms Wang Hui and Jay Lim of Sian Chay Medical Institution.
Thanks to the public and the media friends for your enthusiastic support to Sian Chay Medical Institution. Thanks to everybody for your long-term commitment and contribution to spreading the beliefs, philosophies and positive energy of Sian Chay.
Gratitude and blessing to everyone!