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Thong Chai Medical Institution is the best known Chinese charity medical centre in Singapore. Its address is 50 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059803.
The name Thong Chai means "benefitting all". The Thong Chai Medical Institution was founded in 1867, at that time, known as Tong Chay Ee Say, meaning Thong Chai Medical Society, and was then located in a small rented shophouse in Pickering Street. There, several Chinese physicians offered free medical treatment.
The present site was bought in 1892, made possible by a large endowment of Malacca-born philanthropist, Gan Eng Seng. Along with the move to this more spacious quarters, the Thong Chai Medical Society also changed its name to Thong Chai Medical Institution. On its Board of Directors are prominent pillars of the Chinese merchant society, people such as Choo Yao Lan, Choo Kwong Lan, Loh Kei Sang, Loh Chee Sang, Kwong Hang, Thong Tuck, and Choo Foo Lan.
Since its establishment, Thong Chai has faithfully provided free medical consultation, treatment and herbal medicine to the public regardless race or religion. In recognition of its rich historical significance and excellent architecture, the Thong Chai building was gazetted as a national monument in 1973.
SOURCE: ASIA EXPLORERS.COM
From the Thong Cai Medical Center website:
Thong Chai Building which houses our clinic was built in 1976 and the then Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew graced the opening ceremony. The Institution's daily operating expenses are funded by the donations from the caring and generous public without any subsidies from the government. Every year, we need $3 million for our operations.
Having gone through 33 years of operations, Thong Chai Building needs to be renovated. At present, we provide TCM medical care to more than 500 patients daily. To cater for the increasing number of patients, our clinic has to be expanded and medical facilities and equipment need to be replaced and upgraded. Including annual medical fund, $6 million is needed for the project.
STCMI is organising a Thong Chai Charity Night to be held on 21 March 2010 at Mediacorp Auditorium. It will be telecast live on TV on Channel 8. Our aim is to raise fund of $3.5 million. During the show, our Charity Ambassador - international superstar Mr Jackie Chan, together with overseas and local star artistes and philanthropists will join us in this meaningful event to provide great and exciting performance.
We sincerely hope that you will be keen to support us in this event. Your kind and generous donation not only will benefit more than 500 patients daily, but it will also help tremendously Thong Chai's unwavering efforts in building Singapore towards a kind and philanthropic society.
We look forward to your kind generosity and support. You could make your pledge by issuing a crossed cheque payable to:-
"Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution"
Please write your name/address/NRIC Number or Company registration Number at the back of the cheque and mail it to:
Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution
50 Chin Swee Road
STMCI is an approved charity organisation by Singapore government; all donations will be entitled to tax deductible.
For more information, you call contact 6733 6905 or email to email@example.com.
Photo gallery of Jackie's visit to Thong Cai in November 2009