On November 27, Chinese Foundation for Lifeline Express held a dinner in Beijing to honor the support for the project of "helping the poor and spreading brightness" from all sectors of the society. Sinochem received the "Outstanding Contribution Award" from the Foundation.
The Lifeline Express is an ophthalmic hospital based on a train especially designed for the cataract patients in the poor rural areas. Donated by Hong Kong entrepreneurs and residents after 1997, the train has traveled to 44 regions of 18 provinces for three times to offer operations for more than 40,000 cataract patients for free. To support the undertaking, with the approval of the State Council in November 2002, the Foundation was founded in Beijing and Vice Premier Wu Yi of the State Council served as its honorary chairwoman.
As a key state-owned enterprise, Sinochem always follows the principle of contributing to public welfare and repaying the society. It offers support to the Foundation to help poor cataract patients in rural areas.