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The Hong Kong Medical Association 90th Anniversary Charity Concert for Beat Drugs Action
(21 July 2010)

The Hong Kong Medical Association (HKMA) and the HKMA Charitable Foundation (Foundation) will hold a Charity Concert at the Hong Kong City Hall Concert Hall on Saturday, 31 July 2010. The HKMA shall take this opportunity to celebrate its 90th anniversary, and at the same time, raise funds in support of its beat drugs efforts.

Dr. TSE Hung Hing, the HKMA President expressed that the Association was proud to have served the Hong Kong community for the past 90 years. In celebrating its anniversary, a series of activities would be organized, some of them were meant to invite the publicˇ¦s participation. The forthcoming one will be a public health education function named ˇ§Beat Drug Stars Brighten the Communityˇ¨ to be held at Olympian City 2, on Sunday, 25 July 2010, 3:00-6:00 p.m. There would be a prize presentation ceremony for the Drug Free Community Video and Poster Design Competition; singing performance by Dr. CHAN Yee Shing and the ATV Asian Million Stars; Chit-Chat session by a number of specialist doctors, social workers, parents and teachers on drug abuse issues; martial art, dancing and band performance; game booths and medical consultation counters. It would surely be a fruitful afternoon. Friends of the press were cordially invited to cover the event.

Dr. TSE continued that the HKMA would once again bear all production and administration cost of the charity concert on 31 July 2010. All donations and related income from this charitable event would be used for beating drugs. He urged the public to support the concert by generous donation and together we helped pave a healthy path in all possible ways for our younger generation.

Dr. CHOW Pak Chin, Chairman of the Foundation, echoed that it needs a united front to combat the problem of ˇ§Drug Abuseˇ¨. He was pleased that the Foundation was raising funds for the Beat Drugs purpose. He recalled that the HKMA relied on government funding in the past to carry out the community beat drugs programme, resources were very limited. This fundraising concert aimed at gaining financial support for more cross disciplinary collaboration projects in beating drugs, and most importantly, raising the awareness of people from all walks of life on the gravity of the issue. He looked forward to re-building a healthy and harmonious society. Dr. CHOW thanked the Chief Executive of the HKSAR, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR and Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China in the HKSAR for agreeing to support and attend the Concert.

In view of the alarming statistics of young drug abuse, the HKMA Beat Drugs Action Committee (BDAC) was newly formed in March 2010. Dr. CHENG Chi Man, Chairman of the BDAC, introduced that the objective of the committee was to promote and coordinate the beat drugs activities within the medical profession. It would be looked after by designated staff to plan, organize, coordinate and review beat drugs activities involving doctors in order to strengthen the role of the medical professions in the teamwork of beating drugs. Upcoming work of the BDAC would include organizing beat drugs courses and seminars; organizing in-depth hand-on trainings; coordinating and evaluating the project between the Home Affairs Department and the HKMA Community Networks; piloting the use of group therapies in young drug abusers; and providing public educations.

Two young ladies were invited to give a brief sharing in the press conference. One of them has tried very hard to resist the temptation from peers and from abusing drugs, and is now returned to the right track. The other one is actively helping the youngsters to get rid of their bad habits and lead a healthy, normal life.

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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