17 September 2021 17:19

Indian diaspora start funding page in UK to help with oxygen supply

A GoFundMe appeal set up by Amit Kachroo with Satyam Singh, Gaurav Mahna to supply India with oxygen concentrators has now reached £205,076 with 3.8k donors.

The appeal from UK read:

“Since lack of oxygen supply has been a limiting factor, we would like to contribute as many Oxygen concentrators as we can procure from various sellers and send it to India to aid in recovery and ease the burden on already stretched resources. Oxygen concentrators need just a 220V power supply  to purify oxygen from ambient air by filtering out nitrogen. Every contribution no matter how big or small counts. Time is of essence and we would like to raise these funds by Monday morning UK time to ensure that we can get hold of all supplies that are available.”

The British Asian Trust  launched an ‘India Covid-19 emergency appeal’ on Virgin Money and JustGiving websites which had raised £1,500 in 24 hours.

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Lord Gadhia, a trustee of the Trust, said:

“We are getting a lot of enquiries from the UK Indian diaspora about how they can help in the current situation. The British Asian Trust works with some long-standing and highly reputable delivery partners like Jan Sahas and Goonj to reach the frontline. In the last campaign during the first lockdown in India we raised £1 million in our Covid-19 emergency appeal. This time around, we will assess the most pressing requirements and act accordingly.”

Another petition on change.org started by British Indian Rohit Kotecha, addressed to Boris Johnson, had garnered just under 2,000 signatures.

“I would urge the UK government to, as a matter of urgency, procure and send life-saving oxygen along with any other equipment/expertise that is available to assist in the current emergency, regardless of whether a formal request has been made.”

Various other charities run by Indian diaspora have also launched emergency appeals to help India.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London too has launched The BAPS India Covid Emergency to provide critical health care and support to the vulnerable.

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