Over $1M raised for hospitals.
The Cambodia Kantha Bopha Foundation (CKF) has raised over $1 million from generous donors in January alone. This compares with the $4 million which it raised for the Kantha Bopha Children's Hospitals for the whole of last year.
CKF, which is the official foundation created by the government to ensure the sustainable operation of the hospitals, received a total of 80,098,184.40 riel ($19,591) and $1,394,829.72 from 7,734 donors. They include four honourable members, 5,962 CKF members and 1,768 others.
Meanwhile, CKF also transferred $1,086,368 to the hospitals. The sum was received as part of the proceeds of Angkor Wat ticket sales in the fourth semester of last year.
CKF's public communication officer Bou Naty on Wednesday thanked the public for their support and donations.
She said the funds will ensure the sustainable and effective operation of the Kantha Bopha Children's Hospitals in the Kingdom which aim to improve the health of Cambodian children.
Naty called on the public, state and private institutions to continue supporting and donating towards the hospitals by becoming CKF's honourable members with a donation of $5,000 each per year.
The public can also become members by donating 5,000 riel per month or 60,000 riel per year to express solidarity in the spirit of 'Khmer Help Khmer'.
'I also call on state and private institutions, and the public to organise concerts, football matches, and other events to raise funds for our hospitals,' she said.
Minister of Economy and Finance and the chairman of the Board of Governors of CKF Aun Pornmoniroth led a CKF meeting on February 6 on its 2019 work achievements.
In a press release, it said CKF received some $47,650,441 last year from 54,380 generous people.
In a note of encouragement, Prime Minister Hun Sen also took to Facebook on Wednesday where he defined CKF as a 'hope for every child'.
He also thanked the local and international supporters for their donations and called on them and the public to continue their support.
Kantha Bopha Children's Hospitals said in January, it received 86,434 child patients, which is an increase of some 15 per cent over the same period last year.