Online users, influencers set up crowdfunding initiatives to help those affected by Covid-19
Crowfunding/ graphic by MZUKRI

by HARIZAH KAMEL/ graphic by MZUKRI

THE enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) had sparked Malaysians to unite in looking after each other, including starting various crowdfunding initiatives.

On Twitter, #KitaJagaKita had been the recurring hashtag for netizens and frontliners, including doctors and nurses who have been risking their lives to contain the pandemic and showing support to each other.

The hashtag not only has inspired several online users to offer assistance by giving monetary donations and providing food supplies, it also motivated some to crowdfunding activities to help those in need during this difficult situation.

Twitter user @izzatinoris started collecting contributions from parents of her kindergarten students to buy food for the frontliners in Sungai Buloh Hospital and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (PPUM).

“I ask you to do the same for the hospitals in your area. We don’t need to wait for the government to reward them, or some billionaires to decide to step up. #KitaJagaKita,” she tweeted.

She even provided details to other users on how they can contribute to Sungai Buloh Hospital as well as other hospitals.

When she asked her followers if she should start crowdfunding, 96% of them voted yes via a Twitter poll.

“We can send as many rounds as the funds collected allow and I will attempt to spread the contributions out to as many hospitals as possible,” she tweeted.

Within 12 hours, around RM1,300 was amassed to which she said she will place orders to send the first delivery and will subsequently look into getting sanitisers and masks.

Another user, @tahmadsyamil, launched a crowdfunding campaign under #KitaBantuKita on @KitafundMY to help families that might be affected economically by the MCO.

“Friends looking for ways to help others in this trying time, this can be one of the ways,” he tweeted.

Targeting to reach RM50,000, the funds collected so far is close to RM12,000 and will be used to purchase essential items like rice, sugar, salt, cooking oil and other sundries to help 500 families.

The @KitafundMY initiative also involves several non-governmental organisations distributing donations.

Among them are Global Peace Mission Malaysia, Bukan Kerna Nama, Volunteer I-Care and AZ Runner covering areas around the Klang Valley, Terengganu, Kelantan and Melaka and Negri Sembilan respectively.

Meanwhile, FashionValet founders Datin Vivy Yusof and husband Datuk Fadzarudin Anuar, as well as their team had partnered the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia Response and Relief Team (Imaret Malaysia) launched the FV Covid-19 Support Fund through SimplyGiving.

Funds raised through the campaign will be used to mobilise volunteers to assist at health facilities, assist hospitalised and quarantined friends and frontliners as well as providing medical and general supplies to hospitals.

Vivy posted on her Instagram that they have raised around RM214,000 so far, from more than 5,000 donors, well within reach of their target of RM300,000.

“@fadzaanuar and I have personally donated RM100,000 to them (Imaret Malaysia) to get the ball rolling for their funds, and we invite everyone who can help financially to do so too,” she said in an Instagram post.