The Shanghai Charity Foundation has announced that it has received a donation of RMB 28.1 million from the Li Ka-shing Foundation and Hutchison Whampoa Limited to help build the Zhongren Nursing Home in Jinshan, Shanghai. The nursing home is expected to become operational in 2003.
Covering an area of 56,943 sq. m., the Zhongren Nursing Home will have a total floor area of 17,300 sq. m. The two 3-storey buildings will accommodate a total of 400 beds. The Nursing Home, located in a tranquil neighborhood, will provide medical and rehabilitation services for single elderly facing financial hardship; those suffering from advanced stages of cancer; and those who require constant nursing and medical care.
The RMB 56.2 million project will be jointly supported by Mr. Li Ka-shing and the People’s Government of Jinshan District of Shanghai. The Shanghai Charity Foundation, which will be coordinating the development, says the nursing home will adopt innovative concepts, providing a high quality environment combined with professional services. The Foundation is encouraged by this generous donation from Mr. Li and Hutchison Whampoa. Operating on the principle of helping the needy, it will also offer financial assistance to those who are having difficulties.
Mr. Li Ka-shing has long been a keen supporter of elderly services and hospice care. Mr. Li had previously announced a donation of RMB 20 million to establish free hospice care services at 20 major hospitals around the country. Mr. Li expressed his highest regard for the Shanghai Charity Foundation and commended its efforts in promoting community welfare. Mr. Li said he was pleased that the Li Ka-shing Foundation and Hutchison Whampoa were able to participate in this meaningful and innovative project, and he hopes that once it becomes operational, the Zhongren Nursing Home can serve as a role model and help to encourage other agencies to develop an even higher standard of care for the elderly.
Mr. Li set up the Li Ka-shing Foundation in 1980 to promote the development of education and medical care in Hong Kong and mainland China.
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