Malaysia’s Covid-19 record setting week has left people feeling grim, fearing the worst, as cases hit a daily record of 9,020.
Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has also warned that the number could rise to as much to 13,000 unless drastic measures are carried out.
As Malaysia braces itself for another “total lockdown”, fears are beginning to manifest.
When the government declared the first lockdown in March 2020, what followed was high unemployment rates and many businesses shutting down, as they could not cope with the economic impact on their trade.
BAC Education stepped up at that point, and created GiveBACk.my.
Set up to help those who need it the most, Giveback intended to create a profound impact.
Giveback worked on the premise that everyone could be a philanthropist and do social good while transforming lives. Funds go directly to the NGO it features and during the Flood Relief last year, the Giveback team went down to the ground to assist those who were directly affected by the floods.
Click this link to have an insight on some of the initiatives that we wrote about before.
1. Flood Relief 2021
An ongoing initiative, Flood Relief 2021 is to date the most extensive campaign carried out. Having raised over RM75,000 thus far, the team at Giveback.my is no where near done in their flood relief efforts.
When torrential rains lashed Pahang, Terengganu, Kelantan and Johor, the Giveback team spared no time in mobilising efforts to fundraise for flood victims in the most affected regions.
These communities had lost their homes, properties and some even went days without any food. Realising the sheer number of victims who had to brave the aftermath of these floods, the team acknowledged that this campaign had to be a massive fundraiser.
Giveback put out the call and Malaysians answered overwhelmingly.
The team of volunteers visited the most affected villages and locations all over Raub, Temerloh, Kuala Lipis and Mentakab to provide urgent resources such as food, water, hygiene kits and medication.
The volunteer team at GiveBACk had been resilient to reach the flood victims. They spent hours and days going from one location to the next, delivering supplies.
2. Help Feed The Homeless And The Poor During COVID-19
In collaboration with PERTIWI Soup Kitchen, Giveback.my began its initiative with feeding the poor and homeless during the first lockdown. The aim was to raise enough funds to provide these vulnerable groups with 5,000 meal packs from PERTIWI Soup Kitchen.
To emphasise their support and commitment to the cause, BAC Education Group pledged to match RM1 for every RM1 raised. Giveback successfully reached its target of RM60,000 for this campaign.
3. The PPR Plight: Feeding Hope to the Hungry
Within the concrete jungle of Kuala Lumpur, reside pockets of communities who severely struggled to make ends meet during the lockdown period. One such community lives at the PPR flats in Lembah Subang, where 80-90% of its approximately 20,000 denizens fall under the hard-core poor category.
By mid-March last year, these families had lost their daily wages and were facing hunger. Giveback was approached by Elaine Surin, a woman who has dedicated 20 years of her life to volunteerism and social work with no pay.
Elaine sought to provide groceries for 100 families living at the PPR flats. These families include single mothers, the elderly, the sick, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and families with multiple members.
Giveback ran a fundraising campaign with Elaine to provide a month’s supply of groceries worth RM70 for each family. Again, BAC Education went further by matching RM1 for every RM1 raised. These efforts culminated in RM10,000 worth of funds to support the families living at the PPR flats.
Read more about this campaign here.
Migrant workers live off daily wages and are mostly without savings. As such, when the first MCO halted movement, it also put a stop to their earning capacities. On the brink of starvation and poverty, migrant workers desperately needed support.
Our Journey Bhd, in collaboration with the Bar Council: Migrants Refugees and Immigration Affairs Committee and Giveback.my, carried out the #Makan4Migrants campaign to provide dry rations to migrant workers.
Giveback set up the campaign and crowdfunded to sponsor RM55 worth of dry rations for a month’s supply for 1 migrant worker. Once again, BAC Education Group pledged its commitment to this cause by matching the generosity of its donors.
The fundraiser successfully raised RM6,000 in aid of migrant workers.
5. Stop Hunger: Help Our B40 Indian Women
Giveback then stretched its wings to three states in Peninsular Malaysia – Sungai Petani, Jempol and Hulu Selangor – where some of the most underprivileged B40 Indian women reside.
The pandemic had taken most of their livelihoods away rendering them unable to feed their families and obtain supplies. Some of these women had 4-5 mouths to feed. To sustain themselves, they needed RM30 each week for groceries.
GiveBACk, along with community mobilisers in the respective states, organised a campaign to fundraise for these women. The first and second round of donations came up to RM8,000 and Rm5,000 respectively.
6. Aid For India
Giveback immediately responded to the devastating second wave of COVID-19 cases that swept India recently, leaving families and communities in desperate need of assistance.
In a race against time, the BAC Education Group, together with UNICEF Malaysia and UNICEF India, quickly raised funds to rush critical lifesaving supplies and services to protect families and communities in India.
UNICEF was on the ground, working with partners to deliver urgently needed medical equipment, PPE, hygiene supplies and critical care to those in need.
The donations went towards; procuring and installing Oxygen Generation Plants (OGPs) in hospitals, provided rapid and accurate testing machines in some of the most affected districts, supported communities and essential workers to weather the storm, and support for the ongoing distribution of COVID-19 vaccines through the UNICEF-supported COVAX initiative.
In that spirit, Giveback, which is under the BAC Education Group, aims to launch more initiatives to help people get through the pandemic.
Chairman of the group, Raja Singham believes that no person or organisation should left behind during these challenging times.
Visit giveback.my today and find out about initiatives to help school children, school leavers, fresh graduates, jobseekers, marginalised communities, businesses and others.
Contact Giveback today to ensure that no person or organisation gets left behind in these challenging times.