CARING individuals and non-governmental organisations are tireless in their efforts to provide support and assistance to those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Among them is Lions Club of Johor Baru Golden Century, which has contributed medical supplies to Hospital Sultan Ismail’s Childhood Cancer Ward.
Club president Ong Sham Enn said: “We were saddened to learn that Covid-19 has also affected the children’s cancer ward at the hospital.
“We reached out to the other Lions Club affiliates for support and managed to collect enough money to purchase medical supplies, including an air-purifying respirator, high-efficiency particulate air filter, blood pressure monitor, blood pressure cuffs and oximeters.
“We also contributed 150 sets of personal protective equipment, 250 adult face shields and 200 children’s face shields to the ward,” she added.
Ong thanked the club’s affiliates, including D308 B1 Lions Hope Brigade for Childhood Cancer Warriors, Lions Club of Kluang Mandarin, Lions Club of Kluang Host and Lions Club of Kluang 4wd, for contributing to the project.
Separately, Raja Zarith Sofiah of Johor Foundation contributed medical equipment to several hospitals, Covid-19 assessment centres and Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centres (PKRC) across the state.
The equipment included non-invasive blood pressure monitors, oxygen concentrators, syringe pumps, medical and emergency trays, surgical gloves, beds, medicine trolleys and canopies.
“The contributions were made with the hope of improving treatment to Covid-19 patients and also for the protection of frontliners at the treatment centres,” said Johor State Secretary and the foundation’s board of trustees member Datuk Azmi Rohani.
“The foundation thanks the Johor Corporation Foundation for donating RM170,000 worth of supplies for this effort,” he said.
He added that the contribution was part of the corporate social responsibility efforts of state investment arm Johor Corporation and its group of companies.
Meanwhile, a group of former students from SM Dato Jaafar came together to distribute 550 meal packs to the underprivileged in Johor Baru city centre.
Programme organising committee member R. Kannappan said the group, who call themselves Jaafarianz Batch 92, had given out the breakfast packs to the homeless and jobless in conjunction with Malaysia Day.
“The group subsequently handed out 400 meal packs to the residents in Larkin Flats and Tun Aminah people’s housing project.
“The main objective of this group is to raise more awareness among alumni groups in Johor Baru to come forward and help the needy, especially those hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.