The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) donated Rp 10 billion (US$619,597) to the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) on Friday.
The donation, which came from Santini Group and Pakarti Yoga Group, was delivered personally by Santini Group and Pakarti Yoga Group President Director Lukito Wanandi to PMI chairman Jusuf Kalla.
Previously, Kadin’s Charity Foundation helped the government in gradual ways by distributing 5,000 rapid test kits through the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry on Wednesday.
“The funds are donations collected from the Indonesian Employers Association [APINDO], as well as other associations and corporations under Kadin’s supervision,” Kadin chairman Rosan P. Roeslani said on Friday.
Despite the weakening economic situation, Rosan said, entrepreneurs are trying their best to lend their support.
“We managed to do this because of support from other corporations and associations. I really appreciate their generosity. This serves as proof that we are united, that this is our nation’s true identity,” Rosan said.
Kalla expressed his gratitude for the donations.
“PMI would like to thank Kadin and APINDO for the generous support. This donation will be able to help PMI in taking action against COVID-19,” Kalla said.
He added that PMI is currently focusing on giving health education to the public, as well as spraying disinfectant at public places such as places of worship, schools and business districts.
“We have also built an emergency warehouse to store PMI’s supplies that are needed for countermeasures against COVID-19,” Kalla said.
Kadin deputy chairperson Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, former House of Representatives Speaker Ginanjar Kartasasmita and Santini Group owner Sofjan Wanandi, who is also APINDO advisory council chairman, also attended the event.
People who wish to donate for the cause are able to transfer funds to the Kadin Charity Foundation's bank accounts: account number 0700009965661 in Bank Mandiri and/or number 2178777209 (for rupiah) and 217 8777 233 (for US dollars) in BCA (Kuningan branch office).