Efforts put Ivy in league of her own

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 October, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 October, 1997, 12:00am

Ivy Wu - Lady Wu since her husband, Gordon, became one of the last people in Hong Kong to be knighted - is passionate about causes she believes in.

One cause she holds close to her heart is women's health. As chairman of the Tsan Yuk Hospital Governing Committee, Ivy is busy raising funds and organising a series of celebrations to commemorate the hospital's 75th anniversary.

Among them is a fund-raising gala premiere of The Game, starring Michael Douglas and Sean Penn.

Tsan Yuk Hospital provides quality obstetrics care for women and newborn babies. The hospital's Helen Woo Women's Diagnostic and Treatment Centre is one of the services Ivy strongly supports.

'Women shouldn't be ashamed about seeking medical or psychological help for their health problems,' says Ivy, who never takes her health for granted. 'It offers counselling to women going through their life changes as well as specialist gynaecological services to women found to have abnormalities.' The Wus recently returned from a visit to the US to lobby senators and congressmen to renew China's Most Favoured Nation trading status.

'A lot of the time, people in America do not know the whole picture of the situation here in Hong Kong,' she said. 'So we try to spread the word that people in Hong Kong are very confident about the future and that everything goes on as normal.' It seems that on her own merit, Ivy deserves an award.