Donations give relief efforts more teeth

Top News | Avery Chen 18 Feb 2020

More than a dozen social welfare organizations and another six elderly homes will get 250,000 masks from the Li Ka Shing Foundation.

The foundation said it has been sourcing masks and other protective clothing from suppliers around the world.

The new supplies are in addition to an earlier donation of HK$100 million to frontline medical staff in Wuhan.

Beneficiaries include low-income patients and their caretakers, children with cancer and their parents, persons with disabilities or undergoing rehabilitation, grassroots communities, the elderly living alone and the volunteers who support them, as well as elderly in nursing homes and their caretakers.

The foundation said it will not reveal the names of the 13 social welfare organizations to avoid placing a strain on their resources.

It added it is working hard to source personal protective equipment with the hope of supporting frontline health-care workers. It is following guidelines provided by the Hospital Authority to ensure the protective equipment sourced are in line with the Hospital Authority's standards and specifications.

The first shipment was purchased with the support of the department of microbiology and immunology at Dalhousie University in Canada.

N95 masks from the United Arab Emirates are also scheduled to arrive this week. Distribution will be coordinated through the Hospital Authority.

Two local banks announced donations yesterday. Bank of China (Hong Kong) donated HK$13 million for relief care kits for the underprivileged and medical staff.

Bank of East Asia has partnered with 10 nongovernment organizations to donate HK$2 million toward helping at least 20,000 the underprivileged, including the elderly and disabled people.

avery.chen@singtaonewscorp.com

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