Students of Sinarmas World Academy (SWA) step up to support medical workers around Indonesia in the fight against Covid-19, through #SWAuntukINDONESIA. #SWAuntukINDONESIA, a fundraising program initiated by the school, managed to gather a sum of more than 120 million IDR for the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), and vitamins for medical workers. The much-needed PPE and vitamins are being given to EKA Hospital BSD and other hospitals, through the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of the South Tangerang City Government, as well as the Teacher Association of the Republic of Indonesia (PGRI) DKI Jakarta Provincial Government.

The donations were directly given by SWA Board Chairman, Anton Mailoa, and SWA General Manager, Deddy Djaja Ria, to EKA Hospital’s Commercial Director, Dr. James Carlos, and Chief Operating Office of EKA Hospital, Drg. Rina Setiawati.

“#SWAuntukINDONESIA became the vessel through which the SWA community channeled its heart and soul for  all medical workers, risking their lives to become the frontliners in fighting Covid-19. It is really moving to see that not only adults donated, but also students of all ages, pitching in their savings to be a part in this fight. For their young age, children are demonstrating such compassion for humanity; they are doing their part as global citizens,” Pak Deddy explained.

One of the students, Daniel Sawai, explained how he felt responsible for giving his support to medical workers. “I feel grateful to be a part of a community that cares about others. The collective concern and enthusiasm of this community encouraged me to step-in and help within my limited power. This situation calls for us all, and we need to take care of each other,” added Daniel.

Dwi Haryani, one of the parents who also participated in #SWAuntukINDOENSIA, found it invaluable to have the school community take such ‘positive initiatives’ in gathering everyone to contribute to help the medical workers. “Positive initiatives, such as this, teaches children empathy. We are all being reminded to be grateful for what we have, and to help others in need. We give, not because we are better, but because we understand what they are going through, and we empathize,” she exclaimed.

PPE is much needed by the medical workers, even more with the increasing number of positive patients that are being admitted to the emergency room. According to Drg. Rina, the PPE worn by doctors, and those working in the emergency room, are often torn by their exposure to blood splashes, and other bodily fluids of the patients.  It is significantly important for them to frequently change their PPE to avoid any infection, and so it is a primary concern for hospitals to have enough PPE for all medical workers.

“During these pandemic times, we received a great deal of community support for hospitals and medical workers. We never expected to be given this strong support and help; it is an act of unity in this fight against Covid-19. We are fighting this together! We are very very grateful for all that has been given and it means the world to us,” said Drg. Rina.

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