We had a most wonderful time on 1st October celebrating our 10th anniversary at Bright Courtyard Club. The great and the good of the UK Chinese community came to celebrate with us, alongside long-time and new supporters. Generous donors lent their support and their works of art to our charity auction which generated a lot of interests (and bids), and renowned UK-based Chinese soprano Ms Wang Chen gave an enjoyable performance to our dinner guests.
Founders Eddie Chan and Stephen Perry reminded us how far we had come along as an organisation, while current co-chairs Mei Sim Lai OBE DL and Merlene Emerson MBE reaffirmed that we would remain true to our vision. In Lord McNally's entertaining speech congratulating Chinese Welfare Trust's progress into the second decade, he remarked the relevance of the work of CWT in the UK Chinese community where traditional cultural values still matter. We also used this auspicious occasion to launch our community research report on the state of UK Chinese community organisations (due to be published), as well as raise awareness of our new initiative - the Admiral Nurse Project - to help Chinese dementia sufferers and their families. We are most grateful that representatives from Dementia UK came to show us their support.
Of course, what birthday celebration would be complete without the cutting of a cake! Thank you to all who came to share this memorable occasion with us, and we look forward to continue working closely with like-minded individuals and organisations to benefit older Chinese people in the UK.
Read the Nouvelle d'Europe newspaper report in Chinese here.