PETALING JAYA: Besides feeding health frontliners and those in need around the Klang Valley since the pandemic began, with the last month alone seeing the Crisis Relief Squad of MCA (CRSM) distributing 10,000 food packs, the team has also contributed equipment to resource-strapped hospitals.
GoCare adviser and National CRSM head Datuk Natalie Lim said that while they were distributing food packages to frontliner workers, they found some Covid-19 treatment hospitals were lacking in equipment.
“GoCare immediately launched activities to solicit donations from the public and we received encouraging responses.
“Donations received include whiteboards to record patient details, wall clocks, face masks and personal protective clothing (PPE).
“Although the burden of front line workers cannot be eased, we could still convey appreciation and encouragement through donations of food and equipment,” Lim said in a statement.
Meanwhile, through its Dapur Kasih GoCare programme, CRSM teamed up with vegetarian food restaurant operators to deliver 10,000 food packs to Covid-19 treatment hospitals and those in need around the Klang Valley, including the homeless in the Pasar Seni and Pudu areas last month.
Dapur Kasih GoCare BeMYHero has collaborated with several vegetarian restaurants as well as food trucks.
Since last year, CRSM together with various non-governmental organisations have distributed 110,000 food packages to those in need.
The squad also brings cheer to children by distributing Torku chocolates donated by TC and TC Sdn Bhd.
“All food packages by CRSM and GoCare come with pandemic prevention tools, as well as a ‘GoCare Happy Meal’ for children containing chocolate and fruit drinks.
“CRSM volunteers would also dress up as Spiderman GoCare to cheer up the community during this difficult time,” said Lim.
She called on all NGOs staff to always adhere to the standard operating procedure when distributing donations, as well as coordinate with other organisations for effective distribution to those in need.
“We found that sometimes there are several NGOs distributing food at the same time and place, on weekends or public holidays.”
“We can maybe distribute dry food that recipients can keep as well as face masks and other pandemic prevention tools,” said Lim.
She also called for more food trucks or restaurant operators to take part in the Dapur Kasih programme and asked the public to donate food, money or pandemic prevention equipment.
Those who are interested in donating can go to https://gocare.org.my/product/bmh-community-caring/.