Reckitt/Malaysian Red Crescent donate Dettol products to combat worsening Covid pandemic

Nearly 90% of adults in Malaysia have received at least 1 vaccine dose

Reckitt today officially handed over 386,500 units of Dettol hygiene products to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (hereinafter referred to as MRCS), a sister National Society of the British Red Cross as part of Reckitt’s global partnership in the Disaster Relief Alliance with the British Red Cross.

Reckitt’s product donation will support the organisation’s initiatives to address how the COVID-19 pandemic situation has substantially affected vulnerable and rural communities, and to showcase support for frontliners battling the crisis. MRCS will collaborate closely with 16 Red Crescent State offices across Malaysia to handle their respective state level distributions, which will be further deployed vis a vis 152 district distribution centers. At these state and district levels, the MRCS network will conduct distribution to vaccination centres, government hospitals, community clinics, old folks’ homes, members of the Malaysian public in rural communities and vulnerable groups such as Homeless, Refugees, and Stateless individuals.

The donation includes 386,500 units of Dettol Hand Sanitizer, worth a total of RM3million. Besides proactive product donations for emergency preparedness, Reckitt’s global partnership also entailed a donation of RM1.5million to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Alliance; donation of employee time through volunteering initiatives; and employee fundraising initiatives. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, Reckitt Malaysia has shown consistent and robust support to the local communities by conducting 26 donation initiatives amounting to RM1.2million. The recipients include hospitals, medical centers, government programs, and retailers.

“Reckitt’s mission is to protect, heal and nurture and with the surge in cases we’ve seen recently, we felt we had a part to playto protect Malaysians in our relentless pursuit of a cleaner and healthier world,” said Gonzalo Balcazar, Regional General Manager of Reckitt Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. He also stated “This crisis needs significant humanitarian efforts, and we are pleased to partner with the Malaysian Red Crescent Socieity to continue the efforts. This donation campaign is part of our fight to maximise access to essential hygiene products which are integral in this battle against COVID-19, instil good hygiene habits among Malaysians, and drive public awareness of the importance of keeping oneself protected even post-vaccination.”

“We are grateful to Reckitt Malaysia for the donation of Dettol hand sanitizers, which are essentialfor our hygiene and healthcare promotion and awareness activities throughout the country. Considering the escalating numbers in COVID-19 infection, it has become our personal responsibility to heighten general hygiene and cleanliness practices, especially in homes and workplaces where we spend most of our time these days. I am confident that the donated products will go a long way in meeting our community outreach objectives, helpful in preventing virus infection amongst individuals and vulnerable communities” said MRCS National Chairperson, Her Highness Dato’ Seri DiRaja Tan Sri TunkuPuteriIntanSafinazbintiAlmarhum Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah, TunkuTemenggong Kedah.

“This pandemic is an unprecedented crisis not only in Malaysia, but across the world”, said Datuk Dr Mohamed Alwi Abdul Rahman, Co- Commander for the Joint Task Force and MRCS Governing Board Member who was present at the handover event. “This donation of essential hygiene products will go a long way towards supporting vulnerable communities within Malaysia to fight against the malaise of COVID-19. Practicing personal hygiene such as handwashing and using hand sanitizers are the first line of defence towards protecting yourself against the spread of diseases and infections. Thank you to Reckitt and MRCS for doing your part to improve the health of Malaysians by promoting this important habit of hand hygiene.”

The British High Commissioner was also invited as the Guest of Honour to commemorate the immense support and deep friendship of the British community to Malaysia. “I am pleased to witness the handover of hygiene supplies donated by Reckitt to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society,” said HE Charles Hay, British High Commissioner to Malaysia. “This humanitarian effort is timely as the global community join hands to battle the pandemic and help those whose lives have been affected by it. Reckitt’s donation will help support vulnerable communities here in Malaysia.”