Qoo10 raises more than $30,000 for Mercy Relief's Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015 Fund

Qoo10 raises more than $30,000 for Mercy Relief's Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015 Fund
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officers searching for survivors in Lalitpur, Nepal.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - Singapore-based e-commerce platform Qoo10, in partnership with local charity organisation Mercy Relief, has raised S$33,945.68 in support of its Nepal Earthquake Relief 2015 fund.

Held from May 8 till Jun 30, 2015, the fundraising campaign saw Qoo10 users donating cash or loyalty points earned on the site. 100 per cent of the proceeds went directly to Mercy Relief with administrative fees absorbed by Qoo10.

Mercy Relief's rapid assessment team was deployed to ground zero 48 hours after the Apr 25 earthquake devastated the country. Since Apr 28, the team have conducted 27 relief distribution operations and eight medical missions servicing some of the remotest villages in the Kathmandu, Kavrepalanchok, Sindhupalchok and four other districts.

In total, Mercy Relief have reached out to nearly 20,000 beneficiaries including 700 patients that a six-men medical team treated.

Post-acute relief phase, the NGO then undertook several transitional shelter and school projects, racing against time to provide a secure roof for the quake survivors before the onset of the monsoon, as well as ensuring children get back to school as soon as possible.

Mercy Relief's next phase will focus on permanent shelter reconstruction after the monsoon passes.

Mercy Relief's Chairman, Michael Tay, also welcomed Qoo10 to the Singaporean NGO's ranks of supporters.

"Since Mercy Relief's Nepal Earthquake Relief fundraising campaign was launched, we have received immense support from both members of the public and corporate donors. Qoo10's contribution towards our fundraising effort is significant. The online community has become a necessary avenue for donor outreach activities and assistance for Nepal's earthquake-stricken communities", he says.

spanaech@sph.com.sg

See also: Standing tall on rocky ground: How 3 ordinary men stood by Nepal


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