In the vivid colors of a Bollywood setting, surrounded by exotic music and Indian dance performances, the Taipei International Women’s Club (TIWC) held its annual charity gala dinner last night, gathering more than 160 local and foreign guests supporting causes that help people and animals in need.
“The wonderful and caring ladies of TIWC have been helping the needy for more than 60 years,” said the club’s president, Mayumi Hu. “We host this charity gala once a year. Every year we choose different charity organizations and look into their needs, to make sure that we can at least cover their basic needs.”
Honoring club members and donors’ support to the victims of Japan’s massive earthquake and tsunami last year, as well as victims of the flooding in Thailand and El Salvador, the proceeds raised at this year’s charity gala will be given to three organizations — the Taiwan Foundation for Rare Diseases, the TIWC Education Foundation and Animals Taiwan, the club said.
The proceeds will be used to improve the lives of patients with rare diseases by helping them to receive proper medical treatment, rehabilitation, education and employment; to award scholarships to potential students; and to rescue injured stray animals, as well as find a solution to the increasing population of stray animals in the capital city, the club said.
According to the TIWC, a total of NT$360,000 will be donated to the three organizations.