Dr Ting Chen said that he hopes to support Melburnians in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic through actions by upholding Australian values.
Amidst the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Victoria, the Western Australian Chinese community has made concerted efforts to source and donate 50,000 face masks including 1,000 children’s face masks to the most vulnerable people in Victoria.
The President of Chung Wah Association, Dr Ting Chen, together with the President of WA Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Khoon TAN and Chinese Community members representing 19 organisations handed over the masks to Mr Craig Steward, the WA State Director of the Australian Red Cross on 28 July 2020.
Since Wednesday 22 July 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in Victoria has soared daily to three digits and the wearing of face masks has became mandatory. Prompted by public health concerns and protection for the many disadvantaged and vulnerable members of the Victorian community, the Chinese Community in Western Australia is reaching out to offer the very basic but essential protection to the Victorian Community through Australian Red Cross.
Dr Ting CHEN expressed support for Australians fighting the pandemic:
“We are so sad to read the news about the increased number of COVID 19 cases in Melbourne, we support Victorians against this deadly disease. Through our call for mask donations, within a week we collected over 50,000 masks from the West Australian Chinese community. We are pleased and grateful for the support of the Australian Red Cross to receive the donations and distribute them to the people in need in Melbourne. Together we will get through this pandemic."