As the number of COVID-19 cases rise in our country, our healthcare frontliners are increasingly burned out working long-hours in uncomfortable safety suits and in a high-risk environment.
Not only that, the Movement Control Order that kicked off on 18 March has caused people to panic shop and due to this, the elderly and the poor are highly affected, as it’s hard for them to get access to necessities.
You may ask yourself, how can you be a useful person during this testing period (besides stay at home like a good citizen)?
Well the answer is simple – you can donate to NGO groups or individuals who are raising funds for our frontliners as well as vulnerable communities.
Here’s the list of funds we found so far, thanks to award-winning local author Hanna Alkaf who helped compile it via a website she recently set up, kitajaga.us
#1 Mercy Malaysia COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fun
The purpose of this fund is to provide emergency relief fund for elderly citizens, low income families, those who are susceptible to the virus, immobile, and underprivileged. Click here
#2 KitaFund Tabung Covid-19: Bantu Jiran Kita
This NGO body helps buy groceries for those who are affected by the MCO. They’re targeting 500 families with a RM100 budget for each household. Click here
#3 The Lost Food Project
This food bank takes on surplus food to help reduce waste and fight hunger. They are accepting funds or food to be donated to feeding those who are vulnerable in the society. Click here
to know more.
#4 Pit Stop Community Café
The local community café is pledging for food, non-food items, and cash to be handed out to the poor and underserved. Click here
to find out more.
#5 Rakyat Tolong Rakyat - Persatuan Untuk Anak Kita (PUAK) Payong
Ever since the MCO came into place, several students are left in limbo and are stranded at their universities for the time being. You can help donate funds or items to help for those students affected, especially those in Universiti Putra Malaysia. Click here
to do your part.
#6 FashionValet & IMARET Covid19 Support Fund
We need each other more than ever right now. My husband @fadzaanuar and I, on behalf of @fashionvaletcom are organising a fundraiser to help with covid19. We've teamed up with @drmusanordin and @imaret_my who have been relentlessly helping many in need already. It all started when my husband and I decided to donate some portable airconds to hospital and then more and more people reached out to share conditions of their own hospitals. As covid19 cases rise, hospitals wont be able to cope so we need to act fast to get our hospitals ready and make the patients, staff and volunteers' lives as comfortable as possible. They are the frontliners combatting covid19 for us and this is the least we can do for them and our country. I hope you will take time to donate to the fund even a little bit, however your financials allow. You can donate via internet banking, credit card, whichever is easiest for you, by clicking the link in my bio. I also hope you can share this video to as many people as possible so more people can help. Time for us to be bigger than just ourselves, and may God bless you all for your help. So proud to be a part of this community. Thank you. ❤ *Donations more than RM500 are eligible for tax exemption. PRIOR to transaction, kindly email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 013-9861898 for details. **For more info on the fund and IMARET, please click link in my bio.
Local entrepeneur Vivy Yusof and her husband have teamed up with the IMAM Response & Relief Team to help raise funds for our frontliners and hospitals. Click here
#7 Kesatuan Pekerja Swasta Di Hospital Kerajaan (Hospital Cleaner’s Union)
Besides doctors and nurses, hospital cleaners also play a vital role during the crisis. The funds needed will be used to buy necessities and face masks for them. Click here
to know more.
#8 Buku Jalan Chow Kit
The organisation is accepting food or dry goods on Friday, 20 March 2020 from 11.30am -12.30am, which they will then repack to be distributed to the families in and around the Chow Kit area. Click here
to find out more.
Besides donating, you can also volunteer to help assist the Ministry of Health as they are shorthanded during this pandemic. You can check out Mercy Malaysia or kitajaga.us
to find out how you can do your part.
Here’s to looking out after each other and always remember to practice good hygiene and social distancing! #KitaJagaKita