AirAsia has launched a relief fund to offer support for Palu which was struck by an earthquake and tsunami on 28 September this year.
The #ToIDwithLove fund will be collecting donations until 31 October 2018 and all donations will be chanelled to Yayasan Arkom Indonesia to help rebuild homes and improve disaster resilience in affected areas. AirAsia will match the total public collection, which will be announced in January 2019.
Additionally, the airline will also carry out phased onboard cash collections, beginning with AirAsia Malaysia, followed by AirAsia Thailand, AirAsia Indonesia, AirAsia X Malaysia, AirAsia X Thailand and AirAsia X Indonesia flights until the end of the month. More airlines in the group will follow suit.
Those who wish to donate may do so online via AirAsia Foundation, the airline’s philanthropic arm, at airasiafoundation.com/relieffund.
Group CEO Tony Fernandes said it has been an “incredibly tough year” for Indonesia, which has been beset by one deadly disaster after another.
“Our hearts go out to all those who have suffered unimaginable losses as a result. As an ASEAN airline, we share a close bond with the communities we serve, and we want to do our part to help those in need. Through this donation drive, we hope to raise enough money to make a positive contribution to rebuilding efforts, so please give freely. Every dollar counts,” he added.
Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad recently called for ASEAN countries to help Indonesia as it begins the task of restoration following the cataclysmic earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. In response, Astro Malaysia and Maxis also kickstarted a campaign to help raise funds to Tabung Bencana Gempa Bumi & Tsunami Sulawesi, making a joint contribution of RM5 million.