President and Wife Estella Joined members of the Chinese community at the event.

The Vanuatu Chinese Women’s Association (VCWA) celebrated its first anniversary last Saturday with a fashion show fundraiser for the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) Maternity Ward supplies.

Funds were raised from ticket sales. People that bought the tickets got a chance to win exciting prices. VCH Maternity will use funds to buy supplies in need.

Launched last year, VCWA aims to unify women from China living in Vanuatu and encourage them to participate in significant activities and build relationship with the people of Vanuatu and other women’s groups.

Last Saturday’s event was attended by women from other women’s organisations such as the Vanuatu Women’s International Group, Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) and staff from the hospital’s Maternity Ward.

President Tallis Obed Moses and wife were also invited to attend and enjoyed Chinese women’s show of their traditional costumes combined with current fashion and ‘aelan dress’ show for Vanuatu women.

President Tallis conveyed wishes for the VCWA anniversary and also thanked the Chinese community in Vanuatu for contributing to Vanuatu’s development.

“The Vanuatu Chinese community’s journey in its development goals has positively impacted livelihoods and I want to thank you all on behalf of the people of Vanuatu for your cooperation through genuine partnership and generosity,” he said.

“Our enduring friendship which is built on respect, mutual trust and understanding will continue to expand into the future.

“On this occasion, may I reiterate once more the sincere gratitude of the government and people of Vanuatu to your government for ongoing support to the development of our people and we hope China will continue to play an important role in the region.

“I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge Chinese investors who have invest to make Vanuatu their home before and after independence and contribute extensively to Vanuatu’s socio-economic development by providing employment opportunities for our citizens.”

President of VCWA, Regina Leong, said they hope to help more organisations or people in need and organise more activities to support women and children in Vanuatu.

President Tallis and Mrs Tallis joined members of VCWA in a cake-cutting ceremony to mark the special day.