May 5, 2014
Tomorrow will be the 66th Independence Day of the State of Israel, a day of joy and pride for our country and people.
I would like to inform you that on this occasion the Consulate has made a humble donation to the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) for an underprivileged child from mainland China to have a medical operation in Hong Kong.
Meng Dong Yuan (Meng) is a 10‐year‐old underprivileged boy from rural Guangxi, China. He was abandoned shortly after his father’s death in 2009, but was rescued by his uncle & aunt despite their personal severe economic hardship. Meng was later brought to the care of Hong Kong charity organization the Silver Lining Foundation’s Care Centre in Guangxi.
Meng suffered pain in his right femur and was diagnosed with Perthes disease. There is high chance of hip deformity and reduced movement of the hip joint, resulting in progressively worsening limp whilst walking.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment for Perthes Disease in China. The pain affected Meng’s health and distracted him from his education. Given the urgency of Meng’s case, SRDC accepted the application for medical assistance to have corrective procedure at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital in Sandy Bay.
The surgery was successfully performed on April 28 and Meng is currently recovering at the hospital. To cheer Meng up the Consulate hosted a private party before his returning home at the donation presentation reception.
The Consulate’s donation to the SRDC which covered the operation fee and transportation expenses of Meng and his uncle to Hong Kong, is taken from the Consulate’s budget fund of the traditional Independence Day celebration. This is a token of appreciation for the close friendship between Israel and Hong Kong, and mainland China.
Consul General of the State of Israel
Hong Kong & Macau
After the surgery, Meng is recovering at the Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital in Sandy Bay
The presentation reception of Israel’s Independence Day donation to the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children (SRDC) for Meng Dong Yuan, an underprivileged child for a medical operation in Hong Kong, was held at Consul General’s residence, attending guests were (from left): Mrs Stephanie Karni, wife of Consul General of Israel; Ms Magdalena Cheung, General Manager of SRDC; Ms Lydia Yeung, Founder of Silver Lining Foundation; Dr Chow Wang, Chief, Division of Paediatric Orthopaedics, Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology,
Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital in Sandy Bay;
Meng Dong Yuan;
Mrs Fanny Law, Member of the Executive Council;
Mr Sagi Karni, Consul General of Israel;
Mr Vivian Lee, Chairman of SRDC;
Mr Johnny Wan, Executive Committee Member of SRDC;
Mr Chris Yeung, Executive Officer of Silver Lining Foundation; and
Ms Xia Lining, First Secretary of the Office of Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC in the
Hong Kong SAR