The fate of the city's only medical museum has been cast into doubt after the cancellation of a fund-raising event next month. Staff at the Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences have had their hopes dented of the institution reaching its 100th anniversary in 2006. The former Bacteriological Institute, which opened in 1906, became a museum in 1996. It needs about $2 million a year and depends solely on donations, but has only enough money left for a few months. Its last fund-raising event was in April 2002. Adding to its woes is the fact that the post of museum society chairman - a key figure in its fund-raising bid - has been vacant for a year. Tse Tak-fu, chairman for two two-year terms, stepped down in November last year. Dr Tse's personal network had been a big help in raising money. Staff say the museum's future hinges on an annual general meeting on November 11 when a new chairman must be elected. Christina Lam Chi-ching, administrative secretary of the museum, said that because of time, money and manpower limitations, a fund-raising event could not be held on December 1, although City Hall had been booked in advance. 'Many of us hope the museum can continue running at least until its 100th anniversary,' she added. The Edwardian building in Sai Ying Pun was opened in 1906 as the Bacteriological Institute to develop vaccines to fight various epidemics. It was reopened as a museum in 1996 by a group of doctors. Its exhibits that bear witness to the time when disease swept across the city include a calf vaccination table - a platform used to extract material for a smallpox vaccine from the belly of a live calf. A herbal garden was opened last year. Curator Andrew Lam Hon-kin said staff might be cut and the museum might close if a fund-raiser was not held soon.