Cash crusader goes cyber

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 June, 2011, 12:00am
 

A masked crusader who has been giving out cash to the poor and elderly in Hong Kong has opened a microblog on the mainland which has attracted 20,000 followers in the past two days.

The self-styled 'Bauhinia Heroine' said her Facebook page was reaching capacity and would soon be removed, because she had made too many friends too quickly. So she needed the new microblog on Tencent as a new forum.

She spent yesterday updating her new microblog, in which she described her giveaways as a protest against the widening wealth gap in Hong Kong. 'The SAR government favours the rich, rendering the rich richer, and poor poorer,' she wrote. 'I think only the poor should benefit from the [government's upcoming] HK$6,000 handout, but not the tycoons. That's why I began wearing a mask and giving out my HK$6,000 as a sort of protest.'

The campaigner, who is said to be in her 30s and who runs her own business, began to take anti-poverty matters into her own hands in March after being inspired by Kick-Ass, an American film about a teenager playing a real-life superhero.

She refuses to disclose her identity, saying she runs a business and has cash to spare for the poor. She has made appearances distributing cash and daily necessities, such as cup noodles, to the city's poorest residents.

Her charitable acts had drawn media attention and support from the community, including overseas filmmakers wanting to film a documentary about her, she said.

Filmmaker Stephen Shiu Jnr said he was working to make a movie based on the heroine. She denies that her crusade is part of a marketing campaign to promote Shiu's film 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.

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