Having just completed her A-Level examinations, Fion has been busy with university applications to engineering courses in the UK. But amid the excitement, she couldn’t help notice the rising amount of domestic violence cases in Malaysia, because of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
“I noticed that the MCO has affected some individuals a lot more than others. The number of domestic violence cases increased with everyone being cooped up at home. Women were not safe and more children were facing difficulties with means for education,” said Fion.
Even though Fion aspired to be an engineer, she has always had an interest in entrepreneurship and one of her hobbies has been to turn beads into keychains and photo holders, and which she has been doing since she was young. She decided to use her hobby as an avenue to both flex her social entrepreneurship muscles, to raise funds for both the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) and Teach for Malaysia (TFM).
“This MCO period has allowed me to organise my thoughts and spend my time productively, learning what I needed to kickstart my business on Carousell. The profits I donate may not amount to a large sum, but I believe the effort I put in will make a difference to those who need it. I hope it inspires others to put their hobbies to good use too,” said Fion.
To date, she has raised a total of RM 710 from her sales for WAO and TFM. Fion hopes to continue her business even after she starts her undergraduate course, and plans to hold more charity sales in the future.