UOB raises more than S$1.65 million in a month in its latest COVID-19 relief effort
The funds will support frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable communities across the world through 31 beneficiaries
United Overseas Bank (UOB) colleagues and customers from across the Bank's global network raised more than S$1.65 million in a month for the UOB Heartbeat COVID-19 Relief Fund. The funds raised will help frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable communities around the world as they face unprecedented challenges from the pandemic.
Throughout the month of May, UOB ran the global fundraising effort across its 18 markets namely; Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mainland China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Vietnam.
The UOB Heartbeat COVID-19 Relief Fund is an initiative under UOB's #UnitedForYou COVID-19 Relief Programme, which demonstrates the Bank's long-term commitment to help see communities through to better times.
Wee Ee Cheong, UOB's Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "In times of crises, our community is never stronger than when we unite to care for those among us who may need a helping hand. I am grateful for the unwavering support of our colleagues and customers across the globe who readily contributed to the UOB Heartbeat COVID-19 Relief Fund to support our frontline healthcare workers and the vulnerable in our local communities."
The UOB Heartbeat COVID-19 Relief Fund will help drive the initiatives of 31 beneficiaries across the world which support frontline healthcare workers and vulnerable children and families.
In Singapore, the funds raised will support two initiatives, namely The Community Foundation of Singapore's Sayang Sayang Fund – Healthcare Face Shields Project and Food from the Heart's School Goodie Bag Programme.
Through The Community Foundation of Singapore's Sayang Sayang Fund – Healthcare Face Shields Project, UOB will provide funds to produce 500,000 3D-printed face shields for frontline healthcare workers from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). These face shields were designed by the NCID for more comfort given the longer-term use while providing more effective protection for the wearer as compared with traditional personal protective equipment such as masks and goggles.
Catherine Loh, Chief Executive Officer of The Community Foundation of Singapore, said, "The current protective equipment, such as goggles used by healthcare professionals during this pandemic is not designed for prolonged use and many experience discomfort over the course of their work shifts. We are grateful for UOB's donation, which will enable us to increase and to accelerate the production of face shields that are designed to make it safer and more comfortable for our frontline healthcare professionals as they continue to combat the spread of COVID-19."