AWA Celebrates 60 Year

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HONG KONG – In a year filled with world elections, the Olympics, and football championships, the American Women’s Association of Hong Kong (AWA) is celebrating its 60 years as a part of the Hong Kong community.

Formed in 1956 through the combination of three service groups in Hong Kong (The Servicemen’s Guides, Project for the Blind, and The Workshop for children’s health and welfare), the AWA began with just 53 American women who had a passion to improve the lives of Hong Kong residents, and a budget of just a few thousand dollars. Today, the AWA has more than 650 members from 35 countries and gives more than HK$1 million to charity annually. All totaled, the AWA has given more than HK$30 million to Hong Kong charities.

Growing out of its original commitment to three charities, the AWA now serves approximately 30 agencies each year, as well as gives financial support to higher education by way of scholarships to Lingnan University and the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.

Volunteers organize a variety of fundraising activities, such as Art on the Line art show, a holiday gift bazaar, and a fashion show. In addition, the American Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong (AmCham) has partnered with AWA, directing funds to charities vetted by the AWA. “We share a dedication to giving back to the Hong Kong community, and have proudly watched our partnership grow over the years,” says Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke, president of AmCham. “We are proud of the close cooperation and support between our two organizations and we wish the AWA hearty congratulations on its 60th anniversary.”

“The American Women’s Association of Hong Kong has been our great partner to serve the needy elderly since our establishment in 1978,” says Colman Wong, Deputy Director of Helping Hand. “Many thanks for the continual support of AWA to our sex education projects over the years,” adds Donna Wong, a social worker with Against Child Abuse.

Women from all over the world who have moved to Hong Kong find AWA’s unique combination of service and social activities vital to their acclimatization to Hong Kong. “AWA is a soft place to land for expatriate women of all nationalities,” notes Marcy LaRont, current president of AWA. “If you are new here, the activities, conversation, and charitable activities will help you feel a valuable part of something immediately.”

The AWA will celebrate its accomplishments at its 60th Anniversary Gala October 22, 2016 at the Aberdeen Marina Club with the Honorable Mrs. Anson Chan, GBM, GCMG, CBE, JP as the key note speaker. The evening will be an opportunity for members and spouses to recognize AWA’s 60 years of progress, inspiration and giving. The event is open to the public.

About the AWA

Our 650+ members are proud of our 60-year legacy of giving and service in Hong Kong. Our aim as an organization is two- fold: to help the underprivileged and underserved in Hong Kong and to learn more about

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