Helping others: Manado LGBT community raises funds for COVID-19 food aid

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04/20/2020

The members of an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Manado, North Sulawesi, have joined hands to raise funds and distribute relief aid to those affected by the local COVID-19 outbreak. “A friend told us about the condition of residents who had been hit hard by the epidemic. Some residents even asked us to buy some food for them,” LGBT activist Rajawali Coco told The Jakarta Post on Sunday in Manado. So the community decided to start a fund-raiser on Facebook to buy basic goods for distributing to people in need. The initiative has received positive responses, especially from friends, families and colleagues. Coco said that the community raised Rp 7 million (US$451) in cash transfers as soon as they started the fund-raiser. On the first day of distribution shortly after receiving the donated funds, it delivered 10 packages of staple foods containing rice, cooking oil, canned fish, instant noodles and fresh eggs to 10 affected families. “We are not [rich], in fact, we are also in need. However, we would like to share with those who have been affected by this difficult situation,” said Coco.

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