The Hermès Birkin bags are often in the news for being expensive and out of reach for many. It is also known as Malaysian Prime Minister’s wife Rosmah Mansor’s bag of choice. In fact, it is known to be a status symbol for many. But not many woman are willing to part with their precious Birkins for nothing.
Yet, this kind Singaporean woman is willing to give up her Birkin for charity.
Birkin for charity
In an effort to raise funds for the needy in Singapore, Pan Fion, a Facebook user from Singapore, offered her Hermès Birkin bag in exchange for grocery vouchers worth S$13,888 Singapore dollars (US$10,500).
She posted her offer earlier this month on Facebook to get cash vouchers from the public so she could help poor families.
Pan, who is the founder of Keeping Hope Alive to help underprivileged Singaporeans, has even made door-to-door visits to families staying in one-room rental flats every Sunday morning in an effort to understand them.
During which time, she said she has learned about the families and their needs.
“Sometimes it’s very difficult. People donate toothpaste and brushes to elderly folks with no teeth, or canned food to families without a can opener even,” she said in an interview with STOMP.
Giving up her Birkin for charity
During her visits, she would often also make a trip to supermarkets with the families to give them what they immediately require. Aside from providing groceries and other needs for the poor, Keeping Hope Alive also cares for the sick elderly who live on their own.
“Even with items like instant noodles, some families are too poor to even afford their utility bills. No gas, or water, how do you expect them to cook?”
Wanting to help these poor families even more, she decided to put up her Birkin, worth S$18,000 (US$13,600), in exchange for the vouchers.
An incentive to do good
“It’s not strictly an exchange. Don’t be mistaken,” she says. “I think we all want to do good, but sometimes there are people who can’t help feeling that they receive nothing even if they offer help to others.
“That’s why I’m giving the bag because I understand that it’s not easy. It’s because I want to reward the people who want to do good.”
Pan recently updated her post to say that a kind individual had come forward to donate $11,000 vouchers but had refused to take the bag.
“It really is a blessing. It’s recognising your own abilities and being able to do good with that. That’s what I want to encourage,” she said.
What do you think of this woman giving her Birkin for charity? Would you support her cause if you had the opportunity?
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