The “10,000 Riel 10,000 Donors” campaign to fund the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital Quintet raised around $100,000 on its first day, June 1, according to the organizer.
“The Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation is pleased to announce that the Cambodian people have donated approximately $100,000 in Riel and US Dollars,” she said in a June 3 Facebook post.
The campaign kicked off on June 1 to coincide with Universal Children’s Day and will run until the end of the month.
“The Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation and the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital would like to express their deepest gratitude to all the philanthropists who find it in their hearts to contribute to the sustainability of the five Kantha Bopha hospitals across the country,” he said. he declares.
As the name suggests, the month-long campaign aims to inspire 10,000 people to donate 10,000 riels ($2.50) each.
According to the Cambodian foundation – set up to help support Kantha Bopha hospitals – donors can contribute funds through a number of free donation channels listed in a Facebook post at bit.ly/3jEtL8I (last character a capital “i”) or use a QR code.
Chan Narith – undersecretary of state in the Ministry of Economy and Finance who is also chairman of the foundation’s secretariat – said on June 5 that the foundation expected around $25,000 to be donated to the duration of the campaign. However, the public embraced the cause and donated nearly $100,000 on the very first day of the campaign.
He said that after the campaign ends on June 30, local and international donors can still donate, noting that the foundation has two groups of donors: honorary members who give $5,000 a year and members of support who give 5,000 riels per month or 60,000 riels per year. .
According to Narith, there are more than 130 founding members of the Cambodian-led foundation, including Prime Minister Hun Sen. The founding members had each donated at least $200,000 at the start of the foundation. Their memberships will last forever, but they are always welcome to contribute.
Meanwhile, Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital, which goes by the Facebook username @dr.beat.richner after its late founder, reported that its June 1 fundraising event at Tonhalle Concert Hall in Zurich, Switzerland – Dr. Richner’s hometown where he died in 2018 – had been a hit.
The foundation said in January that it received more than $20 million in donations last year.
Dr. Richner established the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospital in 1992, which today has more than 2,500 Cambodian doctors, nurses and staff. On average, its annual operating budget is approximately $40 million.
Every day, the five Kantha Bopha hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap treat more than 2,000 children. Since its inception, the hospitals have saved the lives of more than 17 million children, according to its records.