The Tibetan diaspora in Australia is organising fundraisers to help their Indian brethren fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Tibetans living in exile in India have been affected by COVID-19. It has claimed the lives of many Tibetans along with putting many more at risk. To help them overcome this, Tibetans in Australia, under the initiative of Kyinzom Dhongdue and Tenzin Doring, are organising a fundraiser.

The team sought donation with the theme “Help us save lives by providing urgently needed medical equipment – Oxygen concentrators – for moderate and severe Covid patients.”

The team took initiative after speaking to members of the COVID task force of the Department of Health at the Central Tibetan Government (Tibetan Government-in-Exile) and seeking professional advice from trusted Tibetan doctors in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh.

“We are raising funds to purchase ten oxygen concentrators to be delivered to Dharamsala, the exiled home of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It is also the seat of Tibet’s Government-in-Exile, and Dekyiling, Dehradun and surrounding settlements, currently the worst-hit Tibetan area in India, as soon as possible,” the organisers said.

The fundraising team also wants to extend support to other Tibetan settlements in India if they successfully purchase the first 10 Oxygen concentrators, five each for Dharamsala and Dekyiling.

Ruth Gamble in Melbourne, Australia, lauded the effort of the organisers. “Responding to tragedy with practical compassion reminds me of my mum and all the other healthcare workers getting us through this.”

Berthe Jansen, living in Netherland, stated, “I feel so powerless regarding the COVID situation in India, but the least I can do is donate to this hopefully effective initiative.”

The fundraising team has so far collected $5,233 of the target amount of $15,000.

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