PETALING JAYA: The Lions Club International District 308 B1 chipped in to offer help in response to China’s plea for surgical masks following the novel coronavirus outbreak.
In a matter of days, the Malaysian-based charity movement managed to raise funds from its affiliate clubs and members of the public and purchased 41,000 pieces of N95 masks.
Lions Club district governor Datuk Javern Lim said arrangements are under way to deliver the masks to the Lions Club in China by tomorrow.
“In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in China, Lions Club International District 308B1 Malaysia received a plea from Lions Club of Cha Cheng in Guangdong and District D390 Sichuan for a contribution of surgical masks, particularly the N95 type.
“It is reported that there has been an acute shortage of this important item in China, ” he added.
He said that Lions Club of Cha Cheng is a sister club of Lions Club of Kuala Lumpur and District D390 Sichuan is the sister district of District 308 B1.
Lions Clubs International District 308 B1 covers Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan and Terengganu.
Lim said an organising committee was formed and it took immediate action to raise funds to purchase the face masks.
He added that past district governor Datuk Alex Nah also volunteered to arrange for the masks to be airlifted to the locations in China.
“It is certainly heart-warming to know that in light of the tragic outbreak, we have strong-spirited men and women who are not afraid to lend their assistance.
“We are grateful to all donors who have contributed to this project, ” said Lim, adding that the funds will be used to source for the surgical masks.
Any excess will be returned to donors before June, he said.