Hong Kong is full of inspirational women, and a select group are recognised each year for their work benefiting women, children and the greater community through the Women of Hope (WOH) Awards.

Established by the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Foundation in 2014, the awards not only recognise these women for their combined efforts to society—they also raise funds for the foundation's Cancer Fund to support underprivileged cancer patients in Hong Kong through an annual awards luncheon (taking place this year on Thursday, May 18 at the Aberdeen Marina Club; get your tickets here).

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From eco-warriors to charity workers, entrepreneurs to equality champions, the 36 WOH nominees of 2017 are truly inspirational in so many ways. Ahead of the awards luncheon, we asked several of them to share what they loved most about their mothers in honour of Mother's Day. 


 Karen Mok

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Photo: Courtesy of Karen Mok

Name: Karen Mok, singer and performer, ambassador for Unicef, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animals Asia Foundation, Habitat for Humanity and Enlighten–Action for Epilepsy; supporter of FilmAid Asia

Nominated for: Global champion

What I love most about Mum: "I love her for giving me such a great environment to grow up in, and always encouraging me to chase my dreams." 

See also: Karen Mok on the Tatler 500 list

Bonnae Gokson

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Photo: Courtesy of Bonnae Gokson

Name: Bonnae Gokson, founder of SEVVA, Ms B's Cakery, C'est La B

Nominated for: Entrepreneur

What I love most about Mum: "My mother had so much glamour, flair & was a fabulous cook besides many other her talents. She taught me great values and exposed me to a very refined way of living."

See also: Bonnae Gokson on the Tatler 500 list

Belinda K00

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Photo: Courtesy of Women of Hope 2017

Name: Belinda Koo, founder of XYZ

Nominated for: Entrepreneur

What I love most about Mum: "She is understanding and compassionate. Elegant and honest."

See also: A Day In The Life Of Belinda Koo

Jeanine Hsu

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Photo: Courtesy of Women of Hope 2017

Name: Jeanine Hsu, founder of eco-friendly jewellery brand niin

Nominated for: Eco-warrior

What I love most about Mum: "The thing I love most about my mother is her incredible passion for people and life and generally having a good time... She does a great job at holding our huge patchwork family together, and we know we will have a laugh and be fed and watered well every time ;)"

See also: The Tatler 10 ft. Jeanine Hsu

Mahnaz Lee

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Photo: Courtesy of Women of Hope 2017

Name: Mahnaz Lee, co-founder of Women Helping Women Hong Kong (WHWHK)

Nominated for: Champion for a better life

What I love most about Mum: "Her calmness and patience. When I was young she spent so much time with me teaching me the values and principles of life; teaching me to be independent, kind and a responsible person. Her love, attention and guidance made me who I am today. She is now 91 years old and still there for me with the best advice a daughter can ever ask for."

See also: A Day In The Life Of Mahnaz Lee

Joy Slosar

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Photo: Courtesy of Joy Slosar

Name: Joy Slosar, director of LEAP (Life Education Activity Program); supporter of Youth Diabetes Action, Women Helping Women, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Hong Kong Society for Protection of Children, Mother’s Choice, First Initiative Foundation and The Women’s Foundation.

Nominated for: Champion for a better life

What I love most about Mum: "What I love most about my mother is that she instilled in me the love of learning, because nowadays, I realise that learning keeps me growing."

Annie Ho Ting

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Photo: Courtesy of Annie Ho Ting

Name: Annie Ho Ting, vice chairperson at the Children’s Medical Foundation (CMF)

Nominated for: Children's advocate

What I love most about Mum: "What I love the most about my mom is her eternal optimism—it always comes in handy for challenging situations." 

See also: Annie Ho Ting x Van Cleef & Arpels' L'Ecole


As the official media partner of Women of Hope 2017, we'll be reporting live from the fourth annual Women of Hope (WOH) awards luncheon at the Aberdeen Marina Club on May 18, so follow us on Instagram @HongKongTatler for updates as they happen.

Find out more about the Women of Hope Awards 2017 at spreadhopehk.org.

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