KUALA LUMPUR: Spider-Man brought joy to the residents of the Hang Tuah Flats here when he swung in to deliver some essentials to 24 families.
Aided by the Bukit Bintang MCA division, the Jalan Alor Hawker Association and crowdfunding platform GoCare, Spider-Man didn't swing from buildings this time, as he took flights of stairs and personally delivered essentials to these families.
Curious children were also seen peeking excitedly from the windows of their houses along the alleyways as they took the opportunity to snap a selfie with Spider-Man as he brought bags of groceries to their respective houses.
Speaking after delivering groceries dressed as Spider-Man, GoCare program manager Xilas Ngang said the act is part of GoCare's Be My Hero awareness campaign, which is a tribute to frontliners battling Covid-19.
"We are supporting our frontliners as Malaysian heroes as part of the campaign. Through this campaign, we want to urge the public that aside from taking care of ourselves, we also must support our frontliners in the midst of the pandemic," he said.
Ngang said he brought along several "care packages" that included reusable and disposable masks, and hand sanitisers.
"This is a basic need besides food in the pandemic and that's why in GoCare we are working with all local NGOs. We have already sent more than 800 packs nationwide since last week," he said, adding that a request for help is just one phone call away,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bukit Bintang MCA division chairman Ng Chin said the 24 families were identified after they had approached its representatives under the Federal Territories Resident's Council (MPP).
He also said the public is welcome to apply for aid through the MPP, the Bukit Bintang MCA division and GoCare, adding that it does not require the hassle of being thoroughly vetted in order to be a recipient of the food aid.
“For us, it's very simple, just give us your phone number and address and we will send someone over,” said Ng.
Ng also said the Bukit Bintang MCA division had distributed more than 1,000 food baskets to various families living in People's Housing Projects (PPRs) across Salak South, Desa Petaling and Kuala Lumpur
"The deliveries are fast as well because we cooperate with the Jalan Alor Hawker association," he added.
Similarly, Jalan Alor Hawker Association secretary Simon Ang said his NGO wants to help more Malaysians because they have mainly aided foreigners near where they are situated in Jalan Alor.
"So we raised funds and now more businessmen are joining us. Hotels nearby also participated. We are just trying our best here," he said.
Ang said in the last 74 days, his NGO has received 1 tonne of food donations from various bakeries.
"We started picking up bakeries because they have freshly made products that will go stale within a day. So, we collect this food and we will send it to orphanages and old folks homes around here," he added.
Those who will be requiring help amidst the Covid-19 pandemic can request for assistance from GoCare and NGOs through WhatsApp on 019-669-6278 or call 03-220-339-20.
Most of Selangor and parts of Kuala Lumpur are under a 14-day enhanced MCO until July 16 to curb a recent surge in Covid-19 figures.