Student-run virtual concert raises over RM30,000 for Covid-19

Wednesday Apr 29th, 2020
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*Picture caption: Malaysian talents performing for the ‘Teh Ais-O-Late (Isolate): The Virtual Malaysian Music Night.’

By Rayyan Rafidi
The International Council of Malaysian Scholars and Associates (ICMS) recently raised RM30,120 in support of Meals4Medics and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) to purchase Covid-19 test kits for hospitals in Malaysia.

ICMS, a non-profit professional network of Malaysian students based in Malaysia, the United Kingdom (UK), North America, Hong Kong and Singapore, achieved the deed through a free virtual concert which drew 13,000 views in total.

Under its corporate social responsibility platform, The Nasi Lemak Movement, the organisation set up an online fundraising page from April 8 to 12 and held the ‘Teh Ais-O-Late (Isolate): The Virtual Malaysian Music Night’ on April 10.

Featuring local artists such as Talitha Tan, Arif Kamarudin from Midnight Fusic and Senja, the event also brought together talented Malaysian students studying locally, in Australia and the UK.

The programme co-head and University of Warwick student Kaveen Parthiban said: “We realised that music can be a force of unity and togetherness during the Movement Control Order. As a student organisation, we wanted to show that youths can make a difference during these testing times.”

Live-streamed over Facebook, the performers took turns during the music festival to entertain the audience and answer questions through a live Q&A session.

Viewers enjoyed the three-hour show from the comforts of their own homes, leaving positive comments during the livestream such as “amazingly done”, “very well synced” and “a heartwarming initiative amidst difficult times.”

Towards the end of the virtual music festival, the team had raised over RM 20,000. The fundraiser ultimately closed with RM 30,120 – three times their initial aim of RM 10,000.

London School of Economics and Political Science student Ru Xiang Khong, who hosted the event and co-led the initiative said: “We are overwhelmed and beyond grateful for all the support received, especially because it was a cause close to all our hearts.”

All funds raised were channelled to Meals4Medics, who works alongside UMMC to purchase 250,000 Covid-19 test kits for hospitals in the country.

Realising that Malaysia’s testing capacity needed a boost, ICMS was determined to contribute to a cause that would directly help in flattening the curve.

Hosting the fundraiser was not an easy feat. A marketing team member Nur Faarihah Khairuddin, from the University of Warwick said that the team worked around the clock to ensure the event was a success.

"Our team of 13 managed to identify our cause, gather young Malaysian performers, set up the virtual stage, and garner support from more than 13,000 viewers and almost 300 donors, all within the timeframe of two weeks. It was a life-changing experience.

The event united the organisation, performers and viewers, and showcased that no effort is too small in the fight against the pandemic, she added.
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