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The Hinrich Foundation has attended Conrad Hotel’s bazaar for several years now and has received support from regular customers along the way. Many shoppers even specifically looked for the booth to support the cause of helping disadvantaged Cambodian artisans and acknowledge their work.

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Volunteers (from left to right): Do Ha Thu, MA in International Journalism Studies, HKBU; Eileen Chow, BBA, HKBU; Bibekananda Dhrubo, Master in Industrial Engineering, Polytechnic University; Destinee Luo, BBA, HKBU.

One shopper in particular said, “I bought a lot of these ornaments last year. But I just want to come and buy some things for charity. Those hand-made cards are really eye-catching. I think I’ll buy some.”

Many new customers were also drawn to the booth after learning about the meaning behind each product – one of them in fact, a baby, who was one of the youngest new customers of the organization at that year’s event in Conrad Hotel.

“This will be for your first Christmas, baby,” the child’s young mother jubilantly told  him after she purchased six handcrafted reindeer ornaments from Hinrich Foundation’s booth at the Prestige Gift and Lifestyle fair on Monday, November 9, 2015.

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Volunteering scholars busy introducing products to customers.

“It is a bit early to prepare for Christmas, but I like these because they all have smiley lovely faces and are very colorful,” said the woman, “Look, my son just can’t take his eyes off the reindeers.”

.The fair was also a valuable learning experience for Hinrich Global Trade Leader Scholars from Hong Kong Baptist University and Polytechnic University, who volunteered at the booth.

“Continuously standing, greeting people and then introducing our products are really hard work,” said Destinee, one of the four volunteers, “We have done pretty good teamwork in supporting each other.”

“Our hard work paid off, as the sales result nearly broke the record. But it is not just for the sales. We are pleased that we have helped promote the good cause for the people in Cambodia,” said Eileen, another volunteer.

About the author – Do Ha Thu

Do Ha Thu

Do Ha Thu, a Hinrich Global Trade Leader scholar, studying a Master degree in International Journalism Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University.

She comes from Vietnam, she is the youngest child in her family, who is the most fortunate one to be able to receive education abroad, and step on lands that are far away from home. Her childhood hobby of watching Chinese movies motivated her to learn and master the language and gave her chance to study in Taiwan, mainland China and then now Hong Kong.

Being good at math and always performing well in school, working in financial sector seemed to be the best and easiest path for her. However, her passion of giving back to the society has driven her to choose to work in non-governmental organizations, taking her role in improving other people’s lives.