Covid-19: Chinese federation calls on public to support SGH personnel via donations

Wee (checkered shirt) visits the collection centre set up by the Emergency Disaster Response Committee to get a better understanding of the situation on site.

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KUCHING, March 22: The Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions appeals for public donations to support and encourage the selfless and hardworking medical personnel in Sarawak General Hospital (SGH).

Its president Datuk Richard Wee in a statement revealed this is the federation’s way of showing compassion and appreciation towards all the ‘white angels’ who are working hard to make Sarawak safe and at the same time relieve the tremendous pressure put upon the hospitals fighting against the spread of the current Covid-19 epidemic within the Sarawak.

“As a support platform of the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching during the current Coronavirus outbreak, the Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions is appealing to all individuals, corporate bodies, firms and NGOs to donate generously as support and encouragement to the selfless and hardworking frontline medical personnel in the hospital,” he said.

He noted that a collection centre has been set up adjacent to the premises of the federation, collecting all the goods and products to meet the needs and requirements of SGH and deliver all the necessities to the hospital as and when the need arises.

“These include providing meals, drinks, hand sanitizers and medical supplies to these medical personnel who are risking their lives to make us safe,” he added.

Kelvin Wan (left) from Hope Place handing over donated items to a representative of Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching.

Based on the overwhelming responses from the public after the inception of the “Emergency Disaster Response Committee”, Wee said that it was gratifying and heart-warming.

“We have been receiving donations from corporate bodies, charitable agencies and individuals from all walks of life.

“We have also obtained collaboration from a well-known local charitable organisation Hope Place to work together with us as part of the team to organise and manage collection and delivery of the various requests and needs,” he said.

Wee also appealed to all Sarawakians to continue to donate generously to this endeavour in order to provide items, such as masks, sanitisers, gloves, and all the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to the units and departments in the hospital during this trying time in Sarawak.

All monetary donations can be remitted to the Federation of Kuching and Samarahan Division Chinese Associations via bank account number 01600206296, under Hong Leong Bank Berhad. — DayakDaily