2 months to get stock, 2 days to clear it

2 months to get stock, 2 days to clear it
HELPING THE NEEDY: Madam Fion Phua used to run a flea market at the hawker centre.

When Madam Fion Phua, 43, got a text message last month from the management of Kampung@Simpang Bedok, she panicked.

"The message just said, 'Hi, Simpang Bedok will be closed by this weekend.

Please clear out all your stuff'," said Madam Phua, who ran a charity flea market there.

The message came just two days before the hawker centre was to close.

"It took me about two months to gather donations for the flea market. I had to clear everything in two days," said Madam Phua, who is also the owner of a company that buys and sells club memberships.

Her flea market invites the public to donate items to be sold.

The money is then used to top up the ez-link cards of needy children.

Organising volunteers on her Facebook group Keeping Hope Alive, she managed to gather 60 people, five cars and one lorry to help clear the stock from her flea market.

She explained that each item had to be categorised before it could be packed and moved.

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