Brisbane man plans to give 82 of his suits to men looking for work
The saying goes ‘the suit maketh the man’. Well, Daniel Hua wants to maketh that a reality for men in need by giving away 82 suits from his own wardrobe.
The Brisbane man wants to help those trying to find work by giving away most of the suits he has worn while working as a criminal lawyer.
He put the call out on Facebook earlier this week and has already collected more than 100 comments from people putting their hand up for a suit.
“I got the idea a couple of months ago. As I was going to sleep this voice came into my head and said, ‘You have too many suits, you have to give some away’,” Mr Hua said.
“They aren’t cheap suits.”
When he woke the next morning, he double-checked it wasn’t his wife whispering in his ear.
“When I found out it wasn’t, I thought this is something I need to do,” Mr Hua told ABC Radio Brisbane’s Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston.
“The more I thought about it, the more I thought it was a great opportunity to give back.”
Mr Hua’s parents came to Australia from Vietnam as refugees with no possessions.
“They couldn’t afford a suitcase, nor did they have any personal belongings.
“This great country has been really good to me and good to my family, and I thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to pass it on.”
In his work as a lawyer, Mr Hua said he appeared in court nearly every day.
“We always need to be ready and that’s why we have to have a disproportionate amount of suits.
“I decided I wanted to give them to people who could benefit from them the most.
“I’m not interested in giving them to guys who want to look sharp.
“I want to give them to people who need a suit to further their careers and their studies.”
Hoping to make a difference one suit at a time
Mr Hua, who is 183 centimetres tall, weighs 85 kilograms and wears a 40R suit, said one of the emails he’d received was from the wife of a man trying to gain employment.
He said it demonstrated how important it was to help others.
The email read:
“He will have more confidence in himself and with that comes belief in his abilities.
“If he can cease assuming that the companies will not hire him before walking in the door, he will interview better, possibly get the job and with that change his future for the better.
“I believe he will embody strength and confidence that is his own.
“It’s a way of saying who you are without having to have to speak, and he will feel like a man worth the positions he’s applying for.
“I wish for him to look in the mirror and for him to see the man I see.”
“Nowadays a suit can be a man’s psychological armour as they can adopt a different persona,” Mr Hua said.
He will select the 82 recipients after he closes the Facebook post on November 5.