Gurbaksh Chahal and Rubina Bajwa donate thousands of masks to Hong Kong charities amid Coronavirus outbreak
With the help of the team at RedLotus, Bajwa and Chahal have been able to direct a few thousand masks to three charitable organizations that focus on helping handicapped, low-income families and the blind in need of face masks.Updated: Feb 25, 2020 14:13 IST
While most people are doing what they can to stay protected from the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, many philanthropists and healthcare experts are coming forth to do their bit towards the fight to curb the epidemic. One such young couple to step up and contribute to relief efforts in Hong Kong is Gurbaksh Chahal and Rubina Bajwa.
The former said in a statement that he and Bajwa are on a mission to donate face masks to protect people from contracting the coronavirus. Having heard the rising number of lives that the virus has claimed and the scarcity of masks in several Asian countries, the duo teamed up to source face masks from local suppliers in Punjab, India, and online retailers.
“After contacting tens of hundreds of suppliers, we were able to secure over a thousand masks, mainly; N95 and surgical elastic masks. Our aim was to hand it over to the Hong Kong-based non-profit by personally visiting them and also taking stock of the situation before we could provide the next set. However, the hurdle was to carry them along with our luggage since the export of masks had been banned in India. We were lucky that we could successfully bring them over on Sunday,” said Chahal.
Up until now, with the help of the team at RedLotus, Bajwa and Chahal have been able to direct a few thousand masks to three charitable organizations in Hong Kong that focus on helping handicapped, low-income families and the blind in need of face masks. The couple is also focusing on making contributions toward other countries where the healthcare system is weaker, xenophobia is at an all-time peak, and low-income families may take the worst hit. While talking about what stirred him and Bajwa to initiate this noble work, Chahal said, “It’s tough to not acknowledge the way people are suffering and fearing the outbreak. This is the time when people should come together to fight against an uncertain situation of this nature, rather than targeting the epicenter of the outbreak. I’d like to request every individual to comprehend the condition and make efforts in their best interest. I believe and assure that the good deeds will not go in vain.”
Chahal, for the longest time, has been known for his social initiatives related to education, children, healthcare, women empowerment, and disaster relief in major underdeveloped and developing countries. Through the means of Chahal Foundation, a non-profit supporting different cause, the entrepreneur-cum-philanthropist is helping spread awareness, increase preparedness, and provide the shortfalls needed for averting the coronavirus.
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