Anti-pandemic fund exceeds target, to end on July 31

Datuk Richard Wee speaks at the Sarawak Anti-Pandemic Relief Fund Presentation Ceremony in Kuching. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: The Sarawak Anti-Pandemic Support Fund has successfully raised RM408,900—donated by 10,029 people—in a span of one month.

The Federation of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions Chinese Association Sarawak (Huazong) president Datuk Richard Wee said as the fundraiser had exceeded its target, it would end on July 31, a month earlier than planned.

“Initially, when this fundraiser was launched by us in the middle of June, we set a target of 5,000 donors within two months.

“We managed to surpass the target of 5,000 donors in the first three weeks, so we decided to increase the target to 8,000 donors. Surprisingly, we received an overwhelming response in the fourth week.

“Hence, we decided to set a new target of 10,000 donors. Again, we managed to hit this mark on July 19.”

Wee commended the leadership and cooperation from the Youth Section, Women Section and all 123 member associations.

“Today (July 26), the Kuching Chung Hua Primary School No. 1-6 Board of Management handed over a huge list of donors together with an impressive amount of donations.

“With help from all of them, our committee managed to achieve the target earlier than expected.”

He mentioned that the ultimate aim of the fundraiser was to complement the government’s fight against Covid-19.

“Apart from playing our role in supporting our government and frontliners during the pandemic, we also provide assistance and relief to the poor, who struggle for daily needs due to the lockdown.”