COVID-19: AirAsia offers digital donation drive

COVID-19: AirAsia offers digital donation drive

PUCHONG: AirAsia Foundation has launched a public digital donation drive as part of the group’s #InThisTogether campaign, to help vulnerable communities impacted by the pandemic starting yesterday (5 April) till 30 April 2020.

According to the statement issued by AirAsia yesterday, all of the donations will be channelled to social enterprises and charities such as Perak State Parks, SEED Foundation and Beyond Borders Malaysia that provide foods, medical aid to Orang Asli families, people without permanent shelter and refugees.

“AirAsia Foundation is also monitoring the situation of its social enterprise grantees and their vulnerable community members, many of whom lost daily subsistence wages as a result of movement restrictions imposed across the region,” it said.

Donors may make their contributions on AirAsia Foundation’s dedicated fund-raising page at https://airasiafoundation.com/relieffund or on BigPay via the financial app’s P2P transfer option to AirAsia Foundation or via Local Bank Transfer which available today onwards.

“The pandemic has disproportionately affected those who were already socio-economically disadvantaged. Among our grantees, several have reported appeals from community members for food aid.

“In these extraordinary times, we call for collective action and hope that as many people as possible will give their support,” AirAsia Foundation Executive Director, Yap Mun Ching said.

In this campaign, BigPay’s priority is to enable donors to do their part from the safety of their homes and support frontline workers, as they carry out life-saving missions.

“BigPay’s goal is to enable financial inclusivity for all layers of society. This drive encapsulates our broader mission,” BigPay CEO and Co-Founder, Christopher Davison said.

AirAsia Foundation has an extensive record supporting organisations that provide relief to communities in crises.

Since 2013, the foundation has raised over RM14 million to support post-disaster relief and rehabilitation programmes following Typhoon Haiyan (2013), Malaysian floods (2014), Nepal earthquake (2015) and Palu tsunami (2018).

“The Foundation has also coordinated the delivery of thousands of tonnes of aid on AirAsia flights to disaster-hit locations across the region,” it said.

“Under the current #InThisTogether campaign, AirAsia is redirecting its commercial and transportation channels to provide a lifeline for small businesses,” it added.

Other than AirAsia’s Foundation’s fund-raising drive, the group is providing e-commerce and delivery solutions via its e-commerce platform OURSHOP and Teleport delivery service to bricks-and-mortar businesses as well as fitness and educational instructors who have had to shutter to control the spread of COVID-19.

For more information on the initiative, called ‘Save Our Shops’ (SOS), interested businesses can visit airasia.com.

For further details and status of the donation drive, please visit https://airasiafoundation.com/relieffund

By S Jeevita