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
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
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
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
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