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Charity Concert for SMA
(23 June 2008)

Charity Concert for SMA

The Hong Kong Medical Association Charitable Foundation (the Foundation) will stage its Annual Charity Concert on Sunday, 6 July 2008 at the City Hall Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. The net proceeds will be donated to the Families of SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) Charitable Trust (FSMA).

SMA is the number one genetic killer of children under the age of two. The disease destroys the nerve cells controlling voluntary muscles and causes them to progressively degenerate. Severely affected patients are unable to move any part of the body, including swallowing and breathing. However, they are cognitively intact, the situation is similar to that of Stephen Hawking, the renowned scientist. There is currently no treatment or cure for SMA, however, with appropriate medical and domestic care, SMA victims' lives may be saved. The funds raised will go to its new programme Home Office - Central Office (HO-CO) which allows capable young sufferers who are cognitively normal to perform some IT related duties at home through the computer network supported by the project, so that they can make contributions to the society.

Mrs. Mei-ling FOK, Chairman of the FSMA briefed that they would provide financial support, free high nutritional milk supplements, wheelchairs, medical equipment and other professional assistance to needy SMA patients and their families. Moreover, they would organize gatherings and outings for patients and affected families to meet for mutual support etc. Please visit www.fsma.org.hk for more.

Mr. LEE Kai Leung, a SMA sufferer, shared in the press conference. He graduated from the Chinese University, major in Chinese Language and Literature. He's got the talent, but couldn't find a job due to physical constraint. The HO-CO programme provided him and other sufferers the opportunities to work at home. Through these little contributions, they were happy to find themselves part of the society. And this was the way they repay to those who loved and cared for them.

Mrs. YEUNG's twelve year old son is also a SMA sufferer. She takes good care of him and let him receive special education. She also cultivates his interest in music which won him several awards. Mrs. YEUNG shared that it was her greatest accomplishment to bring up her son.

Dr. CHOI Kin told that the Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) had been raising funds for various community projects over the past 20 years through the public performance of the HKMA Choir and Orchestra. The Foundation was established in 2006 with a view to better promotion, coordination and organization of charitable activities. He called for the generous support of the general public for the betterment of the poor, the needy and the underprivileged.

Dr. CHOW Pak Chin, Chairman of the Foundation thanked all donors on behalf of the beneficiary. He informed that the Hon. LEUNG Chun Ying, Dr. Hon. York CHOW and Dr. Hon. KWOK Ka Ki had agreed to officiate the Concert. Dr. HAN Qide, Vice-Chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee of PRC and the Foundation's Honorable Patron, and Mrs. Selina TSANG, our Honorary Patron have been caring our Foundation very much, but due to tight schedule cannot attend the concert. Nevertheless, they will give a congratulatory message for the concert program book. The night's program is ensuring, Goodwill ambassador Ms. Suzan will sing a number of oldies. Dr. WONG Shou Pang, famous Cardiologist, will perform Chinese opera singing. Music lovers should not miss this enjoyable and meaningful event.


Notes to editors :
The Hong Kong Medical Association, founded in 1920, aims to bring together Hong Kong's government, institutional, university and private medical practitioners for an effective exchange of views and co-ordination of efforts. The foremost objective of the Association is to safeguard and promote public health. The Association speaks collectively for its members and aims to keep its members abreast of medical ethics, issues and advances around the world. In fulfilling these goals, the association hopes to better serve the people of Hong Kong.

Enquiries : Candy YUEN
Tel : 2527 8285
Home Page : http://www.hkma.org
E-mail : hkma@hkma.org

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