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Centennial Events

April 08, 2019

The CWA 100 Fabulous Years Book was launch at the National Museum of Singapore with Ms Ho Ching as Guest of Honor. The highly anticipated book which had been the fruits of labor of Mrs Betty Chen, Christine Lim, Mona Lin and Linden Vargish, Margarette Wang and supporting staff. President Mrs Betty Chen gave a wonderful speech and kept the audience in rapture when she regaled stories about the founding members from the book, highlighting the major contributions made by our members and the Association in the last 100 years. It was attended by 300 guests including several third, fourth and fifth generation members of CWA. The National Museum of Singapore also launched the “LEADING LADIES – WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE” Exhibition about the CWA on the same evening.


Guest of honour Ms Ho Ching later officiated at the opening of Leading Ladies exhibition which was based on the contributions made by some of our founding members and past presidents.

June 19, 2015

The second major event was the CENTENNIAL GALA held at Raffles Hotel Ballroom on 20th June 2015 and we were honoured by the attendance of His Excellency President of Singapore Dr Tony Tan and Mrs Mary Tan. For this event CWA partnered the Fairmont/Raffles Hotel Group for a year of activities and Mr Simon Hirst, General Manager of the Raffles Hotel facilitated the full sponsorship of this gala dinner, and CWA extends our thanks to the hotel staff for a great year of collaboration. We thank Mr Brandon Barker, son of Singapore’s first Minister of Law for planning the entire entertainment programme and all the stars of the show, Glen Goei and Ivan Heng, John Lee, Deborah, Carla & Megan Barker, Lotus Soh, Victor Khor, Eddie Hsieh and Kevin Koh and the emcee Dr Miranda Walsh. 

The GALA raised more than $1 million for St Andrews Hospital which was the first hospital set up in Singapore by Dr Charlotte Ferguson-Davie, wife of the first Anglican Bishop of Singapore, who also assisted Founder President Mrs Lee Choon Guan to establish the Chinese Ladies' Association in 1915.  Dr Charlotte saw the plight of the local women and children of that time, lacking medical services and set up a dispensary along Bencoolen Street which continued to grow and eventually became St Andrew’s Mission Hospital in 1923 and St Andrew’s Orthopaedic Hospital in 1939.


President Tony Tan and Mrs Mary Tan were our Guests of Honor. Guests were entertained by Ivan Heng and Glen Goei and other well known personalities.

The third programme for this Centiennial year was a public education seminar on AGEING WELL WITH MENTAL RESILIENCE to educate the public on dementia, and to celebrate CWA’s 100 years of community service. We thank Mrs Helen Tan for organising the programme, Professor Kua Ee Heok, Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience at the National University of Singapore for organising the speakers, and Mr Lim Boon Heng, Chairman of Temasek, for attending as Guest of Honour. We also welcomed Capt Robin Foo, Chairman of Henderson Home and Miss Tan Hwee Bin and Mr Chua Song Khim of NTUC Health, who took over the Henderson Home from CWA in 2010.

CWA celebrated its centenary with a public seminar Ageing Well with Mental Resilience on 29 August 2015 at the Raffles City Convention Centre. It was a resounding success attended by 250 participants who found the information useful and educational. We would like to thank Prof Kua Ee Heok for organising the Seminar, and his fellow speakers A/Prof Goh Lee Gan and Dr Iris Rawtaer. We would also like to thank Mrs Helen Tan for being a most entertaining MC and especially thank Mr Lim Boon Heng, Chairman of NTUC Enterprise and former Minister for Ageing and Chairman of Temasek, for being our Guest of Honour for this event in his very busy schedule. Our special thanks to CWA Life member Mrs May Goei for sponsoring the event in memory of her late husband, William Goei, who passed away last year.

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