"He brought luck to my business and revived it. I am really thankful to him"
A single mom has credited Chow Yun Fat for turning her life and hawker business around.
Wang Lili is a single mother of two and owns a hawker stall in Tai Po, Hong Kong. After her husband died suddenly in 2013, she could no longer afford to be a stay-at-home mother and was forced to work.
Selling mainly rice noodle rolls (cheong fun), Wang borrowed 1 million HKD to support her business and to provide for her two sons.
However, despite waking up at 6am every day, Wang has since been struggling, making losses of around 30,000 HKD per month.
Fortunately, Fat caught wind of Wang’s struggles and went to visit her stall and brought business to her stall. Wang has since felt indebted to the Hong Kong film star, who refuses any form of repayment including a free meal.
“One weekend, there was a long queue outside the shop,” she said. “At that time, I heard someone calling out to me. That person turned out to be ‘Fat Gor’. I was overwhelmed that a big celebrity like him would actually go out of his way to patronise my shop in such a remote location. I feel that I am really lucky. Because of him, many people came to visit my shop. He brought luck to my business and revived it. I am really thankful to him.”
Since Fat’s visit, the number of customers visiting the stall has increased and her business is now turning a profit.
Wang has said she wishes him good health and will fund classes of needy children with her profits.
This is not the first time Fat has shown his caring side. Last year, he said he plans to give his entire net worth of $714m to charity. The 63-year-old was also spotted helping to clear up Typhoon Hato’s aftermath.