Wednesday, April 05, 2006

From Motortrend online:

A German man who made a tidy $216,000 profit last year on a used Volkswagen that turned out once to have belonged to the pope said Tuesday he has used 18,000.00 of the money to start a foundation for terminally ill children- the Glimmer of Hope Foundation

Benjamin Halbe bought the 1999 VW Golf that once belonged to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, for $12,000 in January last year.

He sold it last May on eBay to the Golden Palace online casino of Austin, Texas, for $228,000 after discovering the gray hatchback's heritage.

The foundation, started in December, helps terminally ill children and their families.

Halbe said it was his way of passing along of some of his good fortune to those in need.
"I had a lot of luck," he said in a telephone interview.


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