Helen Joseph Hospital is located near the University of Johannesburg, and it belongs to the Gauteng Provincial Government. The hospital facilities comprise of seven hundred beds and are equipped with some of the most modern medical equipment in SA.
Frederick Place – Home for the Aged, five minutes drive from Helen Joseph Hospital, was converted from a church to an old-age home in 1977. Currently there are 85 elderly people living in. The home is run by one manager, four nurses, twenty-four caregivers, thirteen workers, and some volunteers.
The biggest problem in Helen Joseph Hospital is a lack of government funding, so, in December 2011 the Johannesburg Chapter of BLIA donated 70 wheelchairs to this hospital. In 2012 BLIA agreed to help Helen Joseph Hospital and their individual patients, by donating wheelchairs on an on-going basis, according to their needs. This cooperation project has been approved by Nan Hua Temple abbot, Master Hui Fang, and president of BLIA’s Johannesburg Chapter, Mrs Du-Man Yin, and enthusiastically welcomed by the hospital management.
As a result of this agreement, in July 2012, the Jhb Chapter of BLIA donated 24 wheelchairs to help the Helen Joseph Hospital and their patients. In the Donation Ceremony the hospital's Chief Executive, Mrs. Gladys Bogoshi, thanked Nan Hua Temple’s and BLIA for their generosity.
While donating the wheelchairs to Frederic Place - Home for the Aged, Ven Yi Chung and the BLIA members lead the residents & staff in prayer and singing the English version of “May the Buddha’s Light shine on you” and in sending the blessings to the ex-president of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela, and to the patients & staff of the hospital.