The Lions and Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Chinese Medicine Charity Foundation jointly set up by the Lions Club and the University recently received a generous donations of HK$200,000 from the Lions Club of Tuen Mun and HK$50,000 from Dr. Lam Hoi-ham to support its “Privilege Scheme of Chinese Medicine Service for Elderly” in helping elderly people suffering from chronic diseases to pay for their medical expenses when receiving treatment provided by HKBU’s designated Chinese medicine clinics. A press conference and cheque presentation ceremony were held on Monday (26 November) at which a cancer patient was invited to share how he had benefited from the Scheme. The Foundation hopes more members of the public will donate to the Scheme, thereby enabling more people in need in the community to benefit from it. In his speech, Professor Rick Wong, Vice-President (Research and Development), said that the Scheme allowed the elderly with financial difficulties to enjoy the first-rate outpatient services provided by HKBU Chinese medicine clinics at a favourable price or even for free. It also serves the University’s goal of promoting the development of Chinese medicine in Hong Kong. The Scheme is open to those aged over 60 with financial difficulties or those under 60 with chronic diseases. The successful applicants will be issued a member card and 10 cash coupons with a value of HK$100 each for their use at eight Chinese medicine clinics which are directly operated by HKBU. Over the past five years since the Scheme’s launch, more than 2,300 cards were issued and around 13,500 coupons were used by the beneficiaries.
Members of the Lions Club of Tuen Mun, Dr. Lam Hoi-ham (seventh from left) and Mr. Paulman Tse (third from left), and other members, join with Professor Rick Wong (fourth from right) and Professor Bian Zhaoxiang (fourth from left), Associate Dean of the School of Chinese Medicine, to present a member card to one of the beneficiaries of the Scheme (centre)