Funds drive raises $3m in three hours

A TOTAL of $3 million were collected in three hours towards a national campaign to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) on people and businesses yesterday.

The ‘Feena Khair’ (There is Good in Us) drive saw several expatriates donating generously during a televised programme aired on Bahrain Television International.

The campaign spearheaded by the Royal Humanitarian Foundation (RHF) has so far raised over BD35.5m, with the fundraising set to continue until Thursday.

“We expanded the campaign following popular demand to include the expatriate community and have received an overwhelming response from everyone who have donated so far,” RHF secretary general Dr Mustafa Al Sayed told the GDN.

“I am proud of the expat community and their work.

“We managed to raise $2m that was directly transferred to the dedicated bank account, while one million will be in the account on Sunday.”

Among those who donated yesterday was Chinese Ambassador Anwar Habibullah who contributed BD2,000, while KFH-Bahrain donated $1m and BD5,000 was donated by the Coptic Orthodox Church.

“The campaign has motivated people to partner with the RHF in helping to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable sections of our society and reflects our One Nation spirit to the world,” said Dr Al Sayed.

“We stand out from the rest of the countries due to national efforts to combat the pandemic and providing healthcare to citizens and expatriates free of cost.”

He added that for centuries different expat communities and associations have functioned in the country, and they have all come forward to pledge their donations.

“Bahrain has been recognised globally for its noble stance to deal with the economic impact of Covid-19, comprehensive healthcare and humanitarian efforts during this period.

“We are deeply moved by the response of the community – it shows that the broad-minded approach of our leaders and their vision has translated into a feeling of belonging and oneness that is the true asset of Bahrain.”

The campaign kicked off after BD1m was donated by His Majesty’s representative for humanitarian work and youth affairs, National Security Adviser and Supreme Council for Youth and Sport chairman Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa.




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