PETALING JAYA: Everyone has a role to play to curb the Covid-19 pandemic, and even staying at home is a responsibility that has to be taken seriously, says Datuk Nicole Wong.
The MCA Youth chairman said that although staying at home may not seem like much, it is the main way to help the frontliners to flatten the Covid-19 infection curve.
“We need to do much to support our frontliners who are continuously fighting the pandemic.
“We must also remember that while we stay at home, it is not only food that is needed by many, but also the need for mental health by reaching out to others who may be depressed and mentally affected, ” said Wong.
She said this at a joint launch of the #BeMYHero Virtual Run 2021 co-organised by MCA, NGOs GoCare, Savelives and Realme on Sunday (June 6).
Savelives chief executive officer Lee Sai Yew said that every Malaysian should question themselves as to the many roles they can play during the pandemic, rather than blaming each other.
“This is the time for us to stand together and not point fingers at each other. We must question ourselves as to what is our responsibility in this pandemic as a human being and a citizen.
“We may not be able to fight the pandemic as frontliners but there are other roles to play such as taking care of oneself, supporting others affected by the pandemic and supporting the frontliners, ” said Lee.
Realme country community manager Farhana Mustapha said that Realme helps out by reaching out to tertiary students as well as youths to organise activities to keep them occupied and healthy during the movement control order.
“We have many programmes such as news-reading and giving out vouchers for those who participate, ” said Farhana.
The #BeMYHero Virtual Run 2021 was launched in an effort to collect a targeted donation of RM50,000 to help those affected by the pandemic.
The donations are collected when participants register for the charity run through various packages with different values, and they will be given medals and participation certificates.
The launch host Ng Sing Phing said that the virtual run allows for participants to run anywhere, without having to go outside during the MCO.
The charity run also has many other challenges for participants with various tokens given for their participation.
One can register via https://gocare.org.my/.../gocare-charity-virtual-run-2021/ and complete the targeted 3km or merely 3,000 steps starting from June 1 to Aug 31 this year.