Macao Fok Ying Tung Charity Foundation on Wednesday donated 50
million yuan (about US$6.6 million) to finance a project which
plans to build 1,000 rural clinics in Chinese mainland.
In a ceremony held in Beijing, the foundation presented the
donation to China Overseas Friendship Association (COFA), organizer
of the project who has planned to complete the project within the
upcoming five years.
Dr. Fok Ying Tung, a well-known entrepreneur and philanthropist
in Hong Kong, set up Fok Ying Tung Foundation to contribute to the
development of the mainland.
He donated all his shares (27.7 percent) in Sociedadede Turismoe
Diversoesde Macao to set up the Macao Fok Ying Tung Charity
Foundation in 2002 to help boost infrastructure development in the
mainland, Hong Kong and Macao.
At the donation ceremony, Liu Yandong, head of the United Front
Department of the CPC Central Committee, highly praised Fok Ying
Tung's important contributions to Hong Kong and the country in his
Liu also appreciated the generous donation by Fok's descendants
who follow Fok's model to support the "one country, two systems"
policy and actively participate in social and economic affairs in
Fok Ying Tung died of illness at 84 on October 28, 2006 in
Beijing. To memorize the anniversary of Fok's passing away, a
biography of Fok Ying Tung has been published in the mainland.
Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference, wrote the prologue of
the biography and met Fok's descendants before a seminar for the
biography held on Wednesday in Beijing.
(Cnsphoto, Xinhua News Agency November 1, 2007)