MDEC Teams up with Crowdfunding Platforms to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Frontliners

MDEC Teams up with Crowdfunding Platforms to Raise Funds for COVID-19 Frontliners

by April 1, 2020

While most Malaysians are practising social distancing and working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, our healthcare frontliners are braving risks to their health by battling against the COVID-19 virus to safe lives. These heroes are making personal sacrifices to serve our fellow Malaysians during a very difficult time.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), as part of its Community Responsibility programme, has taken the lead to convene and drive the digital crowdfunding platforms to raise funds for our frontliners to protect themselves against the spread and impact of the pandemic.

The participating crowdfunding platforms include Global Sadaqah, pitchIN and SimplyGiving .

The funds will be channeled to IMARET, a reliable and certified non-profit organisation (NGO) that conforms to MKN20 protocol to distribute the items to hospitals and ‘Klinik Kesihatan’ nationwide.

These pandemic relief supplies range from 200,000 units of PPE/ICU suits (sterile protective coverall); 2 million units of 3-ply face masks; 100,000 units of face visors; 20,000 units of space suits; food and general supplies; and other types of required medical equipments.

Surina Shukri

Surina Shukri

According to MDEC’s Chief Executive Officer Surina Shukri, as the number of cases rises, so does the demand for medical gears and protective equipment.

“While they are generally referred to as frontliners, our medical and health professionals are actually the last line of defence to stop the spread of the virus and providing professional care for the infected to recover. We must do whatever we can to contribute and continue to support our medical and health professionals to save lives by supplying essential protective equipment that will enable them to protect themselves while carrying out their daily duties,”

she said adding that this in addition to what MDEC has raised from its employees’ generous contribution.

“This announcement is an extension of our #DigitalVsCovid Movement which is supported strongly by the Ministry of Multimedia and Communications Malaysia to continue to help SMEs and the local community through various initiatives that can assist to lessen the socio-economic impact due to the spread of the virus.

To donate to the #DigitalVsCovid Donation Drive, please go to the respective links: Global Sadaqah, pitchIN and SimplyGiving.

Image Credit: Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

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