In an international effort, the Malaysian media platform Vulcan Post joined forces with Swedish crowdfunding platform FundedByMe and Korean dating app Between in an effort to raise cash funds for flood victims in Malaysia; more than 132,000 people have been forced to evacuate and crowdfunders can make a difference to those experiencing one of the worst floods in history. All proceeds will go to Mercy Malaysia, a non-profit that is working hard on the ground to help flood victims in this difficult time. Raising funds quickly is essential, emphasized FundedByMe, “as we can to ensure we can release these funds as fast as possible to our beneficiaries. All amounts are welcomed and we’ll post a thank you notice on this campaign and keep you posted on the progress. In support for the campaign, we will be waiving our fees and only transaction charges (~2%) will apply.”
The campaign initiated by FundedByMe Co-Founder and CEO Daniel Daboczy seeks to raise $7,596 and will remain open until 11 January 2015. According to FundedByMe, “Northeastern peninsular Malaysia, which is worst affected part of the country, is regularly hit by flooding during the annual ‘northeast monsoon,’ but this year’s rains have been particularly heavy. Extremely high levels of floodwater and bad weather have made relocating victims and the transport of food supplies by helicopters difficult, said in a statement.”
“A total of 103,412 people have been displaced in Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak and Perlis, state news agency Bernama said, surpassing the previous record of 100,000 people evacuated during floods in 2008. Northeastern peninsular Malaysia, which is worst affected, is regularly hit by flooding during the annual Northeast Monsoon, but this year’s rains have been particularly bad,” said Prime Minister Najib Razak. “On Tuesday, nearly 60 foreign tourists were among almost 100 people rescued by boat and helicopter from a resort in a Malaysian national park lashed by its highest rainfall since 1971. The flooding comes as communities in northwestern Malaysia mark the 10th anniversary of the devastating tsunami that hit on Dec. 26, 2004.”
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