Monday, 24 June 2024

Toh Soon Huat, Executive Chairman, Sian Chay Medical Institution

Singapore

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Toh, an entrepreneur turned full-time philanthropist, has given away nearly S$4 million ($2.9 million), primarily to provide traditional Chinese medicine to the underprivileged and elderly, with almost S$300,000 of that donated since 2018

UNDP SDG

Good Health and Well-Being

Description and impact

Toh Soon Huat sold all his shares in the company and established the Novena Foundation, starting to devote himself in philanthropy. It was then when Sian Chay Medical Institution, founded since 1901, was on the brink of collapse due to weak operations. Toh took over Sian Chay Medical Institution which is a charity organization with over a century’s history. Sian Chay Medical Institution is a social enterprise with social operation, serving the society. Over the years, Sian Chay actively participated in community charity events, promoted health awareness, and encouraged health care activities. Sian Chay also arranged professional hairdressers to each branch to offer regularly haircut for the elderly, distributed multi-functional umbrellas, daily necessities, food packages, living handbags and etc. Sian Chay is also striving to promote racial harmony and social stability through the platform of Sian Chay.