Commonwealth Society in Beijing raises funds for China's needy
Members of the Commonwealth Society of Beijing presented a 50,000 yuan check to AGAPE Family Life House on March 7, 2017. Photo: courtesy of the Commonwealth Society of Beijing
Under the theme “To Give is to Love”, the Commonwealth Society in Beijing (CSB) will host its annual fundraising Gala on May 6, 2017 at the China World Hotel. Proceeds from this year’s event will be distributed among special charity organizations identified by the All China Women Federation (ACWF) and Roundabout Charities.
Formed in 1931, the Commonwealth of Nations consists of 53 independent nations, most of which were former British colonies. Among the initial members were: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The CSB was founded in 1993 by female diplomats from the Commonwealth, all of whom have been diligently working towards strengthening the bond between Commonwealth countries and China by engaging in countless social welfare projects across the nation.
CSB has donated over 3 million RMB to several under privileged communities in China between 2012 - 2016.  The Society serves to specifically assist children, women and the elderly. Last year's proceeds were distributed among the following organizations: The All China Women Federation; Xiajin Special Education School; Care Centre of Tongzhou, Beijing; Beijing Inspiring Art Troupe and Qui Yun Senior Models Team of Beijing.
The President of the Commonwealth Society in Beijing and Spouse of the Ambassador of Barbados in China, Madam Rosanna Brathwaite, noted that earlier this year, Her Majesty the Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, called for the citizens of the Commonwealth to work together for peace and prosperity.
“It is a call that echoes around the globe and one that we in the Commonwealth Society in Beijing willingly embrace. We recognize that our society in China brings together persons from different nations and backgrounds to build close ties and forges strong bonds for the greater prosperity of all especially those who live in our adopted home, the People’s Republic of China,” remarks Madam Brathwaite.
The CSB undeniably serves as a tangible bridge of friendship between China and the Commonwealth nationals residing in this country. CSB has been working extensively with the All China Women Federation as both share similar goals and beliefs and work together to improve the lives of the less fortunate.
Lu Yamin, Deputy Director General of the ACWF‘s Liaison Department remarked that:
“The joint effort of the ACWF and CSB has spread to several provinces of China, much of which are highly appreciated by the local people. These projects not only improve the living conditions of women and children in poverty, but also exemplify the profound friendship between the people of the Commonwealth and the Chinese people … The ACWF is willing to continue to work together with CSB as we strive to do our part to promote everlasting peace, prosperity and the construction of a closer knit community.We are all working towards a common destiny for all mankind in the true spirit of win-win cooperation and shared benefits.”
It is anticipated that approx. 600 guests including Commonwealth Ambassadors, diplomats, corporate heads and other noteworthy officials are expected to attend this high-profile event. In collaboration with LOOKWE Magazine, the 2017 Commonwealth Society in Beijing Magazine will be launched. Participants will also be treated to guest performances by renowned entertainers from the Americas & Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa and Pacific regions. Raffle prizes include luxury vacation packages, flight tickets, artwork and much more. Guests will also have the opportunity to win fantastic door prizes sponsored by companies such as BMW.
This event would not have been possible had it not been for the assiduous work of those who volunteer their time, talent and treasure, for which President Braithwaite thanks all involved.
“I am inspired by the CSB members who continue to volunteer their efforts and give their time and love to China. I am proud to represent you and I look forward to seeing how we will continue to work together to make all of us better citizens in our respective countries and in our beloved China … This year, we shine a light on our theme “to give is to love”. It is appropriate as it reminds us that the Commonwealth Society in Beijing’s purpose has always been to give support to the growth and development of less fortunate persons within China. To give is indeed to love”.

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