15,098 donors raise RM474,102 for fund


KUCHING: The Sarawak Anti-Pandemic Support Fund campaign launched by the Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Division Chinese Association has successfully raised RM474,102.05.

The federation’s president, Datuk Richard Wee said the money came from 15,098 donors.

He added the donations would be handed over to the state government for use in the Sarawak Disaster Fund by the end of the month.

“The chairman of the fundraising campaign committee who is also the federation’s vice president, Kuek Eng Mao, handed over a report to me during a meeting on Tuesday (August 10).

“The report clearly shows the number of donors and the amounts of donations received over the past six weeks since the launch of the fundraising campaign in late June.

“The handover also marked the end of the fundraising campaign and it was witnessed by the federation’s executive advisor, Michael Teo and other committee members,” he explained in a statement on Wednesday (Aug 11).

Wee thanked all committee members of the fundraising campaign for their high spirit, commitment and cooperation with each other.

He also applauded Kuek’s leadership which allowed them to complete their duties and tasks earlier than planned.

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the federation’s members, the students and parents of Kuching Chinese secondary and primary schools and other businesses for their kind and generation donations as well as support to this campaign.

“The result of this campaign clearly shows the spirit of ‘When one is in trouble, all sides come to help’ as well as the sincerity of the Chinese community to support the government and the frontliners in fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“The fundraising campaign was initiated to show our sincere appreciation and support to the government and frontliners for their efforts and dedication.

“When the Covid-19 pandemic first broke out in Wuhan, China in the late 2019, the federation immediately raised funds for the people there even though China is a rich and strong nation.

“Similarly, as Sarawakians, there is a need for us to give our utmost sincere support to our government and frontliners. Since the pandemic happened in Sarawak last year, the federation immediately set up a disaster relief team to provide food supplies to the frontliners and needy as well as the disadvantaged groups that were greatly affected by the pandemic.

“The team not only provided relief to those affected by Covid-19 pandemic but also extended its  assistance to those who suffered from sudden disasters such as floods, fires and other natural or man-made disasters,” he said.

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