Singapore organisations raising funds to help India's most vulnerable

A relief fund has been set up in Singapore to raise money and support India in its fight against the coronavirus.

The initiative by the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) and Little India Shopkeepers Association (Lisha) was launched on Monday.

"The Covid-19 outbreak is having an unprecedented impact on the people of India, leading to multiple crises across the country. In the light of these challenges, SICCI and Lisha are jointly raising monetary support to help India manage the immense pressure on its health services," the organisations said in a statement.

All proceeds will go to the Singapore Red Cross. More information as to how the funds will be used will be released at a later date.

The organisations will work with government agencies in Singapore and India to ensure that the most vulnerable receive the required support from the India Covid Relief Fund.

SICCI has also reached out to medical equipment suppliers that partner with India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, through the High Commission of India in Singapore, to gather information on their most immediate and most urgent priorities.

"SICCI's and Lisha's initial appeal is focused on emergency response to help to protect the most vulnerable from direct impact due to the rapid spread of Covid-19, and to scale up life-saving protection and assistance in priority states and hospitals in India," the organisations said, adding that Indian hospitals urgently need ventilators and oxygen concentrator devices.

India on Monday reported more than 352,000 new Covid-19 cases, a global record - for the fifth straight day - for the rise in daily cases.

Dr T Chandroo, chairman of SICCI, said: "We want to stand side by side with India as this is a crisis of historic proportions and would require our immediate and urgent assistance. I am making a clarion call to the Singapore community at large to support this initiative undertaken by SICCI and Lisha."

• The public can get in touch with SICCI Cares on 9654-1346 or 6222-2855, or send an e-mail to indiacovidfund@sicci.com

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2021, with the headline Singapore organisations raising funds to help India's most vulnerable. Subscribe