Designer handbag auction raises HK$400,000 to help fight diabetes

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 November, 2012, 2:53am

More than 150 style-savvy women cleared out their designer wardrobes in aid of the Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Association.

Its annual fundraiser took place last week, amid Diabetes Awareness Week, at Central's Dragon-i nightclub. The charity's patrons - and designer bag lovers - bid eagerly in an auction of new and slightly used bags with high-fashion labels such as Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Chanel.

A total of HK$400,000 was raised at the event, with the highest price of HK$16,000 being paid for a vintage quilted Chanel chain bag.

"I'm delighted that our designer handbag auction had its best night ever this year," said Joanna Hotung, the charity's chairwoman. "Our current goal is to build a centre of excellence for children with diabetes, and all funds raised will go to support our work for children with diabetes in Hong Kong."

Socialites and celebrities including Janana Suleymanli, Paula Mok, Gina Reid and Rina Wadhwani participated in the goodwill event. The charity, founded in 2001, focuses on helping children fight diabetes with financial assistance and support programmes.