New project to raise funds online

Volunteer crafters sewing their handicraft items to be given to those who donate to Penang Adventist Hospital.

DUE to the Covid-19 pandemic, donations of cash and in kind have been running low for several organisations.

As events involving crowds are not advisable during the conditional movement control order period, these organisations were not able to carry out their usual fundraising activities.

Most of them opted to use online platforms to draw donations.

Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) chief executive officer Ronald Koh said the Covid-19 pandemic had thrown the world into an enormous amount of uncertainty and PAH as a health care provider was not spared.

“We have seen our donations drop by 45% compared with last year, ” he said in an interview.

“However, many families are suffering and we have seen an increase of 15% approved charity cases as of October 2020.

“The hospital came out with the ‘Crafting Hope’ project to raise funds online.

“Under the project, donors will receive specially handcrafted items made by our volunteer crafters.

“Our volunteers are homemakers, retired professionals and craft lovers who came together to take their love for crafting to new heights which is sewing for charity.”

He added that those who donate would receive the handcrafted items in accordance with the present donation categories of RM50, RM100, RM200, RM500 and RM1,000.

“The fundraising target has been placed at RM50,000 and all donations received through this project will be channelled

to the Dr J. Earl Gardner Fund to assist needy patients.

“The fund has disbursed RM4,706,844 since 2005 and has assisted 293 poor patients, ” he said.

For more information, call 04-222 7606/7644, email or check out the Adventist Hospital Charity Facebook page.

Meanwhile, Eden Handicap Service Centre co-founder Madelene Tan said donations dropped drastically this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Donations in cash are much appreciated and donors can bank into our CIMB Bank account (8003857542), ” she said in a phone interview.

“We will put up our wishlist on our website from time to time.

“For December, we are in need of face masks, disposable gloves, two 16-inch wall fans, a thumbdrive and one external hard disk.

“If somebody gives us the items we need, we will amend the list on our website.”

Tan said residents at the centre undergo craft and souvenir-making programmes to acquire skills and be gainfully employed.

“Prior to the pandemic, they regularly exhibited their craft works at food fairs, exhibitions, roadshows and factories.

“The products form a source of income for the organisation. The fact that the items are sellable is a motivation for the disabled.

“However, due to the pandemic, we can no longer go out to sell the handicraft and there are no incoming visitors, ” she said.

Tan added that there were suggestions for them to sell their handmade craft online but it would be rather hard to do so.

“We will need someone to monitor the sales. Different products will need different packaging styles.

“As our handicraft items are fragile, we have to do our packaging separately according to the varieties, ” she explained.

Tan said the centre was still offering free service to send wheelchair users to seek medical treatment in hospitals or dialysis centres in Penang island.

“Wheelchair users can use our ‘dial-a-ride’ service. They can call to make appointments and we will arrange a time and date.

“The service is free but a caregiver must follow the wheelchair user, ” she said.

Those in need of the service can call Tan at 016-254 2758.

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