The Chinese Ladies' Association was formed in 1915 by twenty-three independent and modern young women from prominent Chinese families in Singapore. Chinese Women's Association: 100 Fabulous Years begins with their stories. It then goes on to chart the lives of the association's presidents and the impressive accomplishments of the CWA, including its thirty-two-year management and funding of Henderson Senior Citizen's Home.
The book also features articles written by members, past and present, reflecting on their lives; many of these pieces give the reader insight into the lives of women in 20th-century Singapore. Of course, the women of the CWA are fun-loving and adventurous, and no book about the association and its history would be complete without stories from their travels together and photosgraphs from their elaborate fundraising events.
The CWA hopes that this book will inspire new members to join the association and help continue its work towards raising funds for charitable and civic organisations and generally being of service to the community. To that end all proceeds from the sale of this book will be given to charity.
For the last hundred years the primary goals of the CWA have been to improve the lives of the less fortunate, to foster international connections and friendships and to contributing to charitable and civic organisations. The association has achieved this in many ways including hosting galas and exhibitions, selling members' artworks, and holding donation draws and fundraising events.
Many organisations have benefitted from the generosity of the CWA including Henderson Senior Citizens' Home, St Andrews Mission Hospital, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the National Museum of Singapore.
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