I just want to share a bit of love - Pep Stores employee who donated her last R9

2017-07-26 07:39
Desiree Moses in May when she assisted Ann Bührer selecting pyjamas for sexually and physically abused childen accomodated in a safe house on the West Coast. (Supplied)

Desiree Moses in May when she assisted Ann Bührer selecting pyjamas for sexually and physically abused childen accomodated in a safe house on the West Coast. (Supplied)

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Cape Town – After donating the last R9 in her pocket to a customer’s charity, a temporary Parklands Pep Stores employee has been offered a permanent position.

Ann Bührer was buying pyjamas for a safe house accommodating sexually and physically abused children on the West Coast in May, when Desiree Moses, 39, made the donation. 

By Wednesday morning, a Facebook post by Bührer’s son detailing the act of kindness had been liked over 1 500 times. 

Moses told News24 she was “simply overwhelmed” by the reaction the Facebook post had received. 

“It’s overwhelming, it’s simply overwhelming. All day it’s only been tears,” Moses said.  


“This morning a client came to me and said she just wants to make sure whether I am the lady in the Facebook post. She gave me a hug and said ‘I love you’.” 

A second person came to the store to invite her and her family for lunch on Sunday.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this before.”

Moses had been working in the store a couple of weeks when Bührer came to buy the clothes. She was employed on a three-month contract to take stock while a permanent employee was on maternity leave.

“Desiree immediately made the donation when she heard who the clothes where intended for,” Bührer said. 

“She said ‘oh my gosh how can I contribute?’ and put her hand into her pocket and said ‘this is the last money I have’.

“I honestly felt she should keep the money. ‘You are battling as well, you don’t have to worry,’ I told her. But she said she really, really wanted me to have the money.”

'Without love we will get nowhere' 

Bührer was asked to appear on Pep Stores' internal radio station in August to talk about the donation, after she contacted head office to inform them about Moses’s goodwill. 

“When my son Marc Bührer heard about the interview and donation, he said ‘this definitely deserves more attention’ and made the Facebook post on Monday,” Bührer said. 

“In a world full of negativity it is encouraging to know there’s people like Desiree making an impact in the community she’s placed in.”

Pep Stores spokesperson Mariki Schwiebus told News24 that Moses would be permanently employed from August 1. 

“Pep’s cause is to make it possible for everyone to look and feel good, and Desiree’s behaviour is 100% aligned with this,” Schwiebus said.

The company planned to share Moses’s story with its 17 000 employees through its internal radio station and newspaper. 

Moses, who lives in Atlantis, said she never expected the response when she made the donation. 

“As a mother of three daughters, I will always give the half of what I have to a person who doesn’t have. Every day I see children on the street and I help where I can, because it breaks my heart to see them neglected. I always want to give a bit of love away. 

“Without love we will get nowhere. We shouldn’t stare blindly into race or gender or family connections, because that will get us nowhere.”

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