23 June 2007
KCRC Lifeline Express Train Exhibition Kicks off Today 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 co-organised with Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC) a two-day train exhibition at KCRC Fo Tan Freight Yard today and tomorrow (June 23rd and 24th). In addition to opening the train for public tour, a series of activities will be held to appeal for public support and donation for people suffering from cataract in the Mainland.
The KCRC Lifeline Express Train Exhibition was co-organised by Lifeline Express and KCRC. The opening ceremony was held today (June 23). The officiating guests included Mr. Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Chairman of the Chinese Foundation for Lifeline Express Council together with Mr. Gao Qiang, Minister of the Ministry of Health of the People's Republic of China.
At the opening ceremony, the Chairman of Lifeline Express Hong Kong Foundation, Mr. Bunny Chan said, "Lifeline Express was a gift given to the Mainland by Hong Kong people on July 1, 1997 to provide free operations to poverty-stricken cataract patients living in remote areas in the Mainland. In the past 10 years, Lifeline Express has developed into three hospital eye-trains, performing free operations to over 67,500 cataract patients and helping them restore eye-sight. This year, with the active support from KCRC, we specially arranged one of the hospital trains to come to Hong Kong and hold the KCRC Lifeline Express Train Exhibition today and tomorrow so that the public can visit the hospital train and to know more about the work of the hospital."
"The China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Group) has always been the active supporter to Lifeline Express. This year, it will donate the fourth eye-train, which is expected to be in service by the middle of next year, to help more patients suffering from the eye disease, thereby further strengthening the medical charity cooperation work between Hong Kong and the Mainland," he added.
Also at the opening ceremony, the Representative of Sinopec Group, the President of Sinopec Corp, Mr. Wang Tian-pu, presented a cheque of RMB$30 million to Lifeline Express. This is the fourth consecutive year the company has supported this meaningful programme. Since 2004, together with the donation this time to build the fourth eye-train and all the medical equipment needed, Sinopec Group has given more than RMB$60 million to Lifeline Express. Its actions demonstrated the passion of its staff to contribute to the country, society and the people.
The Chairman of KCRC, Mr. Michael Tien, said at the opening ceremony that the exhibition was significant in that it would give people an insight into the remarkable achievements and services of Lifeline Express throughout the Mainland over the past decade. For the occasion, KCRC has provided a stabling yard for the train and issued 20,000 commemorative tickets to raise fund for Lifeline Express. Earlier on, the Corporation has sent a representative to Hunan to witness the work of their medical staff and to experience the joy they shared with the people they treated.
The Chairman of the Chinese Foundation for Lifeline Express Council and Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Mr. Tung Chee Hwa thanked the generous support of Sinopec Group at the opening ceremony. He said: "As the Chief Executive of the HKSAR in 1997, I represented Hong Kong people to give the first Lifeline Express hospital eye-train to the Mainland on July 1. This year commemorates the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR. Now, as the Chairman of the Chinese Foundation for Lifeline Express Council, I represented Lifeline Express to receive the fourth eye-train from Sinopec Group. Though the role is different, the excitement is the same. This is because the fourth train is the first eye-train totally sponsored by a Mainland corporation. This has a special meaning as it symbolises that Lifeline Express is not only a gift, nor a friendly gesture to poverty-stricken cataract patients in the Mainland by Hong Kong people, but a new team spirit built up between the citizens in Hong Kong and the Mainland to help the poor people in need. This is a much needed strength for establishing a harmonious community."
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 today and from 10 am to 6 pm tomorrow (June 24th) for public tour.
During the exhibition, the public can visit the hospital train so as to know more about the train facilities and the work of the hospital. Many activities will also be held, including eye-care seminars, free eye check-up, game booths and charity bazaars for the public to participate. Lifeline Express Ambassadors, Ms. Chelsia Chan, Mr. Kevin Cheng and Ms. Myolie Wu, 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 and Mr. Li Xiaopeng, have also donated commemorative items with autograph for auction. The entire proceeds will go towards Lifeline Express.
To celebrate the special occasion, KCRC has also launched a special commemorative ticket. Priced at $38, the ticket 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 to Lifeline Express as well.
 
A Lifeline Express hospital eye-train is stabled at KCRC Fo Tan Freight Yard for a 2-day exhibition to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the HKSAR as well as the founding of Lifeline Express.
 
Mr Tung Chee Hwa, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Chairman of the Chinese Foundation for Lifeline Express, and Mr Gao Qiang, Minister of Health are welcomed by members of the public when attending as officiating guests for the train exhibition opening ceremony.
 
Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC presents a $1.5 million cheque to Mr Gao Qiang, Minister of Health and Mr Bunny Chan, Chairman of Lifeline Express Hong Kong Foundation.
 
Mr Tung Chee Hwa, Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Chairman of the Chinese Foundation for Lifeline Express; Mr Gao Qiang, Minister of Health; and Mr Michael Tien, Chairman of KCRC visit the hospital eye-train to understand the work of the medical crew.