UWTSD celebrates successful fundraiser for the Swansea Chinese Co-operative Centre


UWTSD’s Roger Maidment, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Management, has presented a cheque for £4,000 to the Swansea Chinese Co-operative Centre. The money was raised at a black tie dinner fundraising event at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall to celebrate Chinese New Year. 

Group photo with large cheque

The event, featured a traditional Face Changing act, live traditional music, Chinese dance, martial arts ,a children’s choir and a Lion Dance that was performed by children who attend Swansea’s Chinese School. It was hosted by actor and broadcaster Kevin Johns MBE and Mal Pope, both of whom are Honorary Fellows at UWTSD. The event raised £4,000 which will be used by the centre to fund projects that help provide for children and vulnerable elderly adults. Along with the event organiser Mr Chris Foxall, Mr Maidment met with Mrs. Wai Fong Lee MBE, the Chair of the centre, Loreina Li, Director of the centre, Shirely Au-yeung, the Centre Manager, and Jimmy Lin, the Advisor to the Leader of Swansea Council to present them with the cheque.

Mrs Fong Lee said: “We would like to thank you for organising this event, and to give our thanks to everyone involved. It is a big support for everyone involved in the community centre and this will help us to give support back to the community, and to the next generation. People from the Chinese community in Swansea come to us when they need help. Some of the elders of our community need our support and this money will help us provide that.”

Mr Maidment is a Guest Professor of the School of Management at the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in the Hubei Province in China. WUT has been a partner of the University since 2005. The partnership has led to a range of exciting curriculum developments as well as opportunities for further collaboration between China and Wales. As part of its international strategy the University has recently reaffirmed its 10 year relationship with Wuhan University of Technology in China by establishing an international college initiative - the UWTSD Wuhan Ligong College at Mount Pleasant. As a result, each year about 80 students from China come to Swansea to study at UWTSD Swansea Business School. 

Group photograph

Mr Maidment said: “We are looking forward to welcoming a fresh cohort of students from China to the Swansea Business School in the next academic year. Creating a community is so important for us and we’re looking forward to creating further opportunities to build on our good relationship. Our Chinese students are integral to the Swansea Business Campus community and we’re delighted to extend that relationship across the city”

Chris Foxall is the Chairman of FHA-Wales and helped organise the fundraiser. He said: "The Chinese New Year celebration in Swansea is a testament to the City's diversity and respect for Chinese culture.  Chinese families, students and businesses are an important part of our wider Community, and I certainly feel we are enriched by our Chinese friends that call Swansea their home.  After learning about the great work that the Swansea Chinese Community Cooperative Centre performs on a daily basis, it seemed fitting to help support their efforts by raising funds.  I hope   to see the Centre go from strength to strength over the coming years, and look forward to working closer with our Chinese community in the future."

Shirley Au-yeung, the Centre Manager, said: “We were pleased to participate in the ‘Our Abertawe’ event recently. Some of our community members were there doing traditional Chinese dancing.  We think it is so important that people from the Chinese community can participate in community projects and promote diversity in the city.”

Our Abertawe’ was a recent cultural celebration in Swansea in which students from UWTSD and Creative Bubble took part. Students from the UWTSD Swansea College of Art worked as paid interns with City & County of Swansea to make two short films to publicise the event which was aimed at celebrating multi-cultural Swansea. Members of the Swansea Chinese Community Co-Operative Centre provided a traditional Chinese dance and cultural workshops in the event.

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