While the Australian government is doing all it can to support India, the Haryanvi Diaspora living in Australia too have recently come forward to extend help amid the surge in Covid19 cases in India.
Association of Haryanvis in Australia (AHA) has donated essential medical supplies including 110 oxygen concentrators, 3,000 pulse oximeters and 2,500 thermal scanners through its community-backed fundraising campaign.
Mr Satpal Chahal, AHA’s representative from Melbourne, has shared that the organisation has set an ambitious target of raising at least A$200,000 as a part of this operation.
AHA trustee Mr Ashok Kundu who resides in Adelaide said that Haryanvis across Australia have donated funds for these lifesaving machines.
“Our team is not only limited to providing medical equipment. As there was an acute shortage of wood for performing the last rites of patients, our team supported Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal (SBSSD) in their duties of performing the last rites of patients succumbed to COVID at Seema Puri (Delhi) cremation ground. We provided them with two trucks of dry wood to fulfill their duties and we will continue to assist them in future as per their requirements.”
The Chief Minister of Haryana has thanked the AHA for remembering their motherland and providing a helping hand to fight COVID-19:
“Thanking Association of Haryanvis in Australia (AHA) for supporting Government of Haryana’s efforts in combating COVID-19 by donating 100 Oxygen Concentrators.”
Barry O’Farrell, Australia’s High Commissioner to Australia, tweeted praising the AHA’s gesture:
“Wonderful gesture by the Association of Haryanvis in Australia (AHA) who have donated essential medical supplies including oxygen concentrators, pulse oximeters & thermal scanners to support Haryana & NCR during this pandemic.”
AHA’s medical supplies have been delivered to Haryana Government, PGIMS – Rohtak and GIEO Geetha Sansthan.
Mr Sewa Redhu, a member of AHA core team who lives in Sydney said that the equipment is being channelled to various healthcare institutions in Haryana and NCR.
This is done based on need and urgency under the aegis of nodal officers appointed by the government.
As per the details shared by the AHA team with The Australia Today, the equipment has been shipped to India in two phases.
The first shipment comprising 10 units of Oxygen Concentrator was duly received by the Vice-Chancellor, PGIMS Rohtak, Haryana on 13th May and 1000 Oximeters were delivered to Govt of Haryana and GIEO Gita Sansthan. Shipment of another 100 Oxygen Concentrators and 2000 oximeters, as well as 2500 thermal sensors, were delivered yesterday, to Government for distribution to the Govt hospitals and other COVID-19 centres.
Mr Navneet Chaudhary, on behalf of Association of Haryanvis in Australia, believes:
“We shall surely overcome the ravages of the pandemic with the blessings of the almighty and multi-faceted support pouring from within and without.”