Local fund drive raises P1.4M in fight against Covid-19

LOCAL fund drive Courage Cebu has raised more than P1.4 million and expanded its donation efforts to Bohol and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental.

Divine Lee-Go and husband Blake told SunStar Cebu that aside from the personal protective equipment and groceries, they are also acquiring ventilators for the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, one of the region’s hospitals that are in the frontline in treating the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Ventilators, which can retail for P300,000, help patients breathe, especially if their lungs are already overtaken by the disease.

Go said they allocated 30 percent of their funds to ventilators.

“Because as our numbers (confirmed cases) grow, we will run out of ventilators to help patients. This is to support our frontliners and patients alike because aside from protective gears, they need equipment to help them do their jobs well,” Go said.

With the whole of Cebu under a state of enhanced community quarantine by Monday, March 30, 2020, police and barangays also reached out to the fund drive.

“They also are frontliners in this. So we are trying to gather more face shields for them,” she said.

On Sunday, March 29, the group already raised P1,454,596 from those who donated in their fundraising page.

They have ordered and donated 4,000 shoe covers; 3,750 pairs of gloves; 7,900 surgical masks; 1,600 N95 masks; 2,000 shower caps; 450 face shields; 620 bunny suits; 68 gallons of alcohol; 21 gallons of handwash; 2,000 multivitamins and 1,000 B-complex vitamins; 2,483 canned goods; 1,812 packs of noodles; 1,776 packs of biscuits; 130 coffee; and 200 packed meals. (JOB)


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