At the gala dinner, Dr. William Chiu, chairman of ACPPRC, delivered a welcome speech. He said: "...... We have just been notified by Sichuan Provincial Government that they will not need us going to Sichuan for the 3rd time for cataract treatment. Sichuan Provincial Government has finally decided to eradicate cataract with a timetable within this year. I am glad that through our effort, at least a Province of China is prepared to take action to eradicate cataract in that Province."
"I Would like to specially thank a few friends here tonight who have been consistently support us over that many years. They are NSW Parliamentary Asia Pacific Friendship Group, the Hon. Philip Ruddock, he has missed our functions only a few times while he was not in Sydney; the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian who has been with us since she was in the Opposition; Dr. Meredith Burgmann, John & Trudy Mills who have joined our medical missions several times into remote parts of China and they are with us tonight even though they have retired from active politics; Dr. Jim Harrowell & Janelle, Dr. Stepan Kerkyasharian, Hon Amanda Fazio, Councillors Le Lam and Jeanette Wang, Peter Sinn, Eric & Linda Wong, being with us all these years; last but not the least, all the personnel from the medical team who are here and those who are not present tonight. Without all your consistent and persistent support, we may not have achieved what we have been that succuss today!! Thank you very much mate!"
The following official speakers had delivered their very supportive messages:
The Hon. Philip Ruddock MP, Federal Government Chief Whip;
The Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Representative of The Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Deputy Leader of the Federal Opposition;
H.E. Li Huaxin, Consul-General (Ambassadorial rank) of the PRC in Sydney;
H.E. Rao Hongwei, Representative of H.E. Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu;
Mr. Mark Coure MP, Representative of the NSW Premier ;
The Hon. Ernest Wong MLC, Representative of the Leader of the NSW Opposition;
The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, NSW Minister for Transport;
Mr. Daryl Maguire MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary, Chairman of NSW Parliament Asia Pacific Friendship Group;
Mr. Xiangmo Huang, Senior Honorary Chairman of ACPPRC, presented a vote of thanks later.