The current MCO has posed a number of issues on people like unemployment especially towards disenfranchised communities, like the homeless. As difficult as it may be right now, there are organisations out there who provide a glimmer of light during dark times. Boost eWallet has launched Tabung COVID-19, a donation fund to provide aid for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CEO of Boost, Mohd Khairil Abdullah, said in a statement that this initiative was set up to encourage Malaysians to support the medical frontliners and families of the victims of COVID-19. All the funds that are collected from now until 31st March will be channelled directly to the health ministry.
Meanwhile, the funds received from the 1st of April until 30th of April will be channelled to the health ministry and relevant NGOs. The funds given to the health ministry will be used to help purchase medical equipment, medicines, reagents, disposable items, and other medical necessities. To make a donation, all you have to do is click here and select “Donate Now”. If you’re on a desktop, it shows a QR code for you to scan using your Boost app while mobile users will automatically be directed to the Boost app.
This fund is all part of the #BoostGotYou campaign and there are four other initiatives set up within the campaign like ordering food and groceries, paying bills and purchasing top up for prepaid phone plans, accessing streaming content as well as games, and also COVID-19 insurance coverage. To find out more and click here.
For micro-SME, Boost together with its parent company Axiata is offering micro-financing of up to RM10,000. This allows small businesses to cope with the current COVID-19 outbreak and there is no repayment for the first 6 months.
Besides Boost, other organisations are also doing their part. #Kitajagakita is a platform that is designed to connect people who want to help people who are badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the movement control order. The website provides access to many different organisations that are doing their part to help people. Individuals can choose to provide cash and food donations to organisations like Mercy Malaysia, The Lost Food Project, The Hospital Cleaner’s Union, among others.