11 June 2007
KCRC Lifeline Express Train Exhibition to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the HKSAR
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the founding of the Lifeline Express hospital eye-train, Lifeline Express will co-organise with Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) a two-day train exhibition at KCRC Fo Tan Freight Yard on June 23rd and 24th and will be open for public tour. Free operations will also be performed on the train for some Hong Kong cataract patients with financial hardship so as to appeal for public support and donation for people suffering from the eye disease in the Mainland.
At the media conference, the Chairman of Lifeline Express, Mr Bunny Chan said, "Lifeline Express was founded on the same date as HKSAR. We have grown together and witnessed the close relationship between Hong Kong and the Mainland after the sovereignty change. In the past 10 years, with active support from people in Hong Kong and the Mainland, Lifeline Express has developed into an eye hospital with three trains and visited 22 cities and provinces in China. One of the eye-trains has just completed its journey to Huaihua of Hunan Province and the other one will visit Tibet for the first time to help cataract patients there. During this special occasion of the 10th anniversary of Lifeline Express, the China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp) will donate the fourth eye-train, which is expected to be in service by the middle of next year. This will further boost up our strength in providing free cataract operations to patients in the Mainland, helping them restore eye sight."
"This year marked the 10th anniversary of Lifeline Express. We decided to organize a large-scale train exhibition and a series of activities so that people of Hong Kong can deepen their understanding in our work and also pitch in with donation and help our mission in eliminating cataracts and poverty in the Mainland," he added
The Senior Corporate Communications Manager of KCRC, Ms Eva Law said, "As a corporate citizen in Hong Kong, caring for the community has always been one of the Corporation's objectives. We are grateful to Lifeline Express for the opportunity to extend our care to cataract patients in the remote areas in the Mainland."
As the co-organiser of the KCRC Lifeline Express Train Exhibition, in a bid to understand and support the work of Lifeline Express, KCRC had sent a representative to join the Lifeline Express Ambassadors and the TVB crew on the tour to Hunan to visit the patients there. KCRC deeply understands the tremendous meaning in the work of the medical volunteers of Lifeline Express and also shared the joy of patients of restoring eye-sight after receiving treatment.
The KCRC Lifeline Express Train Exhibition is co-organised by Lifeline Express and KCRC. The officiating guests include Mr. Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Mr. Gao Qiang, Minister of the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China and Dr. York Chow, the Secretary for Health, Welfare and Food Bureau of Hong Kong. The Lifeline Express hospital eye-train will be stabled at KCRC Fo Tan Freight Yard (Exit D of East Rail Fo Tan Station) in Shatin from 12 noon to 6 pm on June 23rd (Saturday) and from 10 am to 6 pm on June 24th (Sunday) for public tour.
During the exhibition, the public can visit the hospital train compartments so as to familiarize themselves with the train facilities and the work of the hospital. There will also be other activities on site, including eye-care seminars, free eye check-up, game booths and charity bazaars for the public to participate. Lifeline Express Ambassadors, Mr. Kevin Cheng and Ms Chelsea Chan, together with other celebrities such as Mr Justin Lo and Ms Liu Xuan will also attend the event and appeal for public support in the charity work of Lifeline Express. Though not able to join, China's gold medal athletes, including Mr Guo Jingjing, Mr Li Xiaopeng, Ms Zheng Jie and Ms Yan Zi, have also donated commemorative items with autograph for auction. The entire proceeds will go towards Lifeline Express.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lifeline Express, KCRC has also launched a special commemorative ticket. Priced at $38, the ticket, which has been on sale since June 3, is valid for unlimited rides on the KCRC Standard Class on East Rail (except cross-boundary and Racecourse journeys), Ma On Shan Rail, West Rail and Light Rail on June 24. Customers can keep the tickets as souvenirs after use. All proceeds will go towards Lifeline Express as well.
At the same time, with support from the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences of CUHK, during the stay in Hong Kong, free operations will be performed on the hospital eye-train for some local cataract patients with financial hardship.