Crafting ways to raise funds online

Volunteers sewing handicraft items for 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.

Most of them opted to use online platforms to raise funds.

Penang Adventist Hospital (PAH) chief executive officer Ronald Koh said as a healthcare provider, they were not spared.

“Our donations have dropped by 45% compared with last year, ” he said in an interview.

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

As such, the hospital has introduced the “Crafting Hope” project to raise funds online.

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

“They are homemakers, retired professionals and craft lovers who came together to sew for charity.”

He said donors would receive handcrafted items according to how much they gave, namely RM50, RM100, RM200, RM500 and RM1,000.

“The fundraising target is 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 details, 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 pandemic.

“Donations in cash are much appreciated and can be banked into our CIMB Bank account, ” she said in a phone interview.

“We will put up a 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 will amend the list on our website.”

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

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

“The products are a source of income for the organisation, ” she said, adding that such events were no longer possible.

Tan said there were suggestions for them to sell their work online but it would be difficult as they faced several constraints, including manpower.

She said the centre was offering free service to wheelchair users seeking treatment in hospitals or dialysis centres in Penang island.

“Wheelchair users can use our ‘dial-a-ride’ service. They can call to make an appointment.

“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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