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Charity Concert for Project Vision
(19 April 2011)


The Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) and the HKMA Charitable Foundation (the Foundation) will stage the Annual Charity Concert on Sunday, 8 May 2011 at the City Hall Concert Hall at 7:30 p.m. This year, the proceeds of the Concert, WITHOUT deducting any cost, will be donated to the Project Vision Charitable Foundation (PV) for establishing charity eye centers in deprived regions of the Mainland and performing free cataract surgeries for the needy.

HKMA President Dr. CHOI Kin said that the HKMA, and later with the joint effort of the Foundation, has been raising funds for community projects and people in need over the past 20 years through the public performances by its Choir and Orchestra. The HKMA had much pleasure to announce that PV will be the only beneficiary of our charity concert this year. "We are glad that we are involved in the good cause of helping our countrymen to see again in the Mainland," added Dr. CHOI. Same as previous years, the HKMA would bear all production and administrative expenses of the charity concert, which was estimated to amount to over HK$120,000, so that every penny collected would be used to help eliminate blindness in our motherland. He called for the generous support of the general public in bringing light and hope to end the desperate plight of the underprivileged in China.

"Cataracts are a common eye disease which can be treated easily with surgeries" said Dr. CHOW Pak Chin, the Founding Chairman of the Foundation. He added that many people in the Mainland remain blind due to a lack of financial resources and medical facilities and they have lost their means of livelihood as a result. With the help of PV, these people regained their vision and were enabled to work again and lead a better life. Up till now, the concert had raised over HK$1.2 million, of which HK$1 million would be spent on setting up a charity eye centre and training two local eye doctors to provide continuous eye health services, including cataract surgeries, to the residents in rural China. The remaining HK$200,000 will be spent on providing free cataract surgeries to the poor. As the cost of each cataract surgery is over HK$1,000, more than two hundred cataract sufferers will benefit. He called for the generous support of Hongkongers. . Dr. CHOW also expressed his gratitude towards Mr. LEUNG Chun Ying, the Convenor of the Non-official Members of the Executive Council and Honorable Advisor of the Foundation; Mr. LI Guikang, the Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in HKSAR; and Prof. Gabriel LEUNG, the Under Secretary for Food and Health, for agreeing to attend the concert and be its officiating guests.

Dr. MONG Hoi-keung, an Executive Committee Member of PV gave a brief presentation on the development of PV during the press conference. PV, which was initiated by a group of medical professionals in Hong Kong with the aim of setting up charity eye centres in rural China, is committed to eliminating preventable blindness. Sticking to its management philosophy of 'teaching a man to fish', PV emphasizes and achieves sustainability by donating medical equipment and providing proficiency training to local eye doctors. By 2010, 20 charity eye centers had been established in 5 provinces (Guangdong, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Hainan and Yunnan) in China while 60 local medical practitioners had been successfully trained to perform manual sutureless cataract surgeries independently. To date, eye surgeons trained by PV have performed over 60,000 cataract surgeries. A short documentary featuring a brief account of PV's work in China, patients' testimonies of joy and animated cataract surgical procedures were shown during the press conference.


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


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