Goh Foundation donates $50m to cancer centre

SINGAPORE - The Goh Foundation has donated $50 million to the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) to fund cutting-edge cancer treatment technology.

It is the largest single donation received by the centre in its 14-year history.

Teochew tycoon Goh Cheng Liang, who set up the foundation, said the donation was a show of support for "the good work the (centre) has been doing all these years".

The bulk of the donation will go towards funding South-east Asia's first proton therapy machine, a form of cutting-edge radiation treatment that can reduce unwanted side effects in cancer patients. It can also be used to treat recurrent cancers that may not be treated by standard radiation therapy.

The $140 million machine will be housed in NCCS' new premises at the Singapore General Hospital, slated to be ready by 2018.

At a charity gala dinner on Saturday, cheques for $54.8 million in donations from the Goh Foundation and others were presented to guest of honour President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

The dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel was the first in a string of events to raise funds for the proton therapy machine.

Part of the funds will also go to the Community Cancer Fund and cancer research.

Said NCCS director Soo Khee Chee: "We will still have to keep up with our robust research programme to deepen our understanding of the various biological cells... and their behavioural patterns to gain better insights into the disease and how to treat it."

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