Daphne Iking raises money for marginalised Sabah families

Saddened by the hardship faced by her fellow Sabahans, Daphne Iking has two crowdfunding initiatives going on to help marginalised families and to raise funds for medical supplies.

A child rights advocate, Iking was moved to tears after hearing how some babies were fed with condensed milk as families couldn’t afford to buy formula milk.

As such, she and her partner Niney Chong started ‘Humarap & Love for the Marginalized in Sabah’ to raise funds for these families.

She also has a second crowdfunding effort called ‘PPEs for Frontliners: An Effort by Humarap x Ministry of Marketing.Asia‘.

Humarap means hope in Kadazandusun.

“Everyone’s fighting their fight. But amidst this challenging Covid-19 situation, some people are fighting their most basic need – to eat. Many communities in Sabah right now are not able to provide for their families,” said Iking.

“We initially targeted RM20,000 for the marginalised families but surpassed the figure when social activist Syed Azmi Alhabshi and his Persatuan Untuk Anak Kita (PUAK) Payong organisation donated the full amount yesterday.

“We have extended the campaign as we are hearing more and more stories of how the marginalised families are suffering.

“We are also preparing food packs for them.”

She said her brothers are helping to coordinate the delivery of the aid.

Iking said Humarap has identified several non-government organisations and individuals who need help. They are Semporna Heroes, USM Lecturers (volunteers), Borneo Komrad, Iskul Sama DiLaut Omadal (Omadal Bajau Laut School) and Ken Chung.

Meanwhile, Iking said she is also hoping to raise RM20,000 to buy personal protective equipment for the frontliners in Sabah, who are in desperate need for them.

Her mother used to be a nurse at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Kota Kinabalu before becoming a nursing tutor. Several of her aunts were also nurses which is why she has a soft spot for front liners.

“Recently, a video made its round of front liners using substandard PPEs. They were drenched in sweat,” said Iking.

“We have a long way to go as we have raised less than RM4,000.

“There have also been appeals for people to help sew some PPEs – just like what happened in the early days of the Movement Control Order. That’s how far we have fallen. We are back to square one.”

She added kitafund has generously agreed to waive the administrative fee for the crowdfunding for medical supplies.

Iking is not the only prominent Sabahan to help the state.

Last week, former Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum and friends raised nearly RM300,000 to purchase one mobile negative pressure isolation chamber and 20 units of powered air-purifying respirators (PAPR).

He hopes to raise another RM500,000 for another mobile negative pressure isolation chamber and 40 PAPR units.

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