Local group helps out our elderly

Local group helps out our elderly

Western Australian Chinese Association president Liangjie Tang and secretary Shuang Li will donate face masks to retirement villages. Photograph — Aaron Van Rongen.

In a bid to help the local community, especially the most vulnerable, one local association is donating thousands of face masks.

The Western Australian Chinese Workers Association, formed in 2017 with the aim of helping both the Chinese and local community when needed.

In the light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the shortage of face masks available, the association saw the need to donate an enormous amount of face masks to their members and the community.

With elders being the most vulnerable during this time, the association will be delivering more than 500 face masks to a local retirement village.

Association president Liangjie Tang said a couple of hundred thousand surgical masks were exported from China, and they will be distributed in the coming weeks across the southern suburbs.

With each country having different regulations and standards, Mr Tang said these masks were for everyday use but not highly effective for people with severe symptoms, who would need to use other types of face masks.

“We feel a responsibility to help, not only to our Chinese members but the locals too,” he said.

“The virus is not stopping us from helping, and we must protect the most vulnerable and that includes elderly people.

“Western Australia is our home, and people’s parents are like our family so it is a great honour to help elders with this contribution.”