10th Anniversary of HKSAR - Charity
Concert for the Elderly
(19 July 2007)
The Hong Kong Medical
Association (HKMA) and the Hong Kong Medical Association
Charitable Foundation (Foundation) will jointly stage
the Annual Charity Concert at the City Hall Concert
Hall on Sunday, 29 July 2007 at 8 p.m.
The HKMA has 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 last year with a view
to better promotion, coordination and organization of
charitable activities for the betterment of the poor,
the needy and the underprivileged.
The net proceeds of this concert will
be donated to the Hong Kong Alzheimer's Diseases Association
(HKADA) to support the first year operation cost of
their new Integrated Centre, Jean Wei Centre, at Tang
Shiu Kin Hospital. Services include 1) a day care and
activity centre for the persons with mild to moderate
dementia; 2) a cognitive assessment centre for early
detection and intervention; and 3) In-home training
Dr. David DAI, Chairman of HKADA, revealed
in the press conference that there were approximately
70,000 persons over 70 years old suffering from dementia.
Due to memory loss and cognitive deterioration, people
with dementia require special care and attention. This
demanding duty is usually shouldered by their family
caregivers, mainly the aged spouses and their children.
The new integrated services aim to improve the quality
of life of both the people with dementia and their family
Ms. Rebecca PAN shared her own experience
of taking care of her mother who also suffered from
dementia. She appreciated the HKADA for their support
towards affected families.
Dr. CHOI Kin, President of the HKMA, expressed
that the Charity Concert had dual functions. Apart from
raising funds for the HKADA, the concert is also dedicated
to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of HKSAR. With tribute
to the elderly, a hundred complimentary tickets will
be given out to elders aged 65 or above through the
HKMA Secretariat at Wanchai starting from 23 July 2007.
The Chairman of the Foundation and the
Organizing Committee, Dr. CHOW Pak Chin informed that
Dr. LEUNG Che Hung had agreed to officiate the Concert.
Dr. CHOW also thanked the performing guests and groups
of the Concert, including Ms. Rebecca PAN and her accompanist
Mr. Leon KO, young violinist Miss Emi TAKAHASHI, the
Ella Kiang Singers, and of course the HKMA Choir and
Orchestra. Last but not least, he called for the generous
support of the general public to this 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.