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Inspired by mum to honour special women

Entrepreneur seeks to laud peers who give back to society

Published on Jul 7, 2014 8:17 AM
Ms Ann Phua launched the Xtraordinary Women award to recognise female entrepreneurs who still find time for the community. -- ST PHOTO: STEFFI KOH

SOCIAL entrepreneur Ann Phua grew up watching her mother take care of her 10 other siblings, as well as her father's extended family. They lived all under one roof after he died when she was only eight.

"She did everything herself," said Ms Phua, 63, a mother of two and grandmother of one. "She even found time to help the community by mediating in neighbourhood disputes, which I really admired."

It was partially in tribute to her that Ms Phua launched the Xtraordinary Women award to honour female entrepreneurs.

"We hope to recognise women who go the extra mile, who have a family but still manage to run a business and find a way to give back to the community. This award is a pat on the shoulder, to give them some encouragement."

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