There is nothing greater than watching a community get together in support of a good cause. Recently, fans of Pokemon GO in Singapore have collectively raised $21,000 SGD (about $15,104 USD) to help with costs of chemotherapy for 29-year-old Mei Qi Or, who was heartbreakingly diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer back in April.
A beautiful Pokemon GO-themed cheque was designed just for her to present the earnings. The amount raised is enough to pay for 12 of the 16 treatments, and while that's an excellent start, it's not quite enough to cover the costs. Official fundraising will continue online "in the next week or so" to make sure that the payment is fully covered.
If you're able to support, make sure to look out for the give.asia link on the official Pokemon GO Singapore Facebook page here. If you can't afford to do so, sending some positive messages her way would be wonderful too. Our hearts go out to Mei Qi Or and her family, with high hopes of a speedy recovery!
Here is a thank you message from one of the fundraiser organizers:
Dear fellow Pokemon Go trainers from Singapore and around the world in this group. We have now closed the 1st phase of the fundraising for Mei Qi Or
to help her pay for her cancer treatments.
Yesterday we had a small gathering to hand over a Pokemon inspired cheque we had made and to take some pictures together. Thank you Alex Ortega
for the awesome design and professional photographs. Don't worry, we strictly followed all rules around group sizing (3 tables) and keeping distance, wearing masks.
With a few more donations coming in late we have achieved a total of just over $21.000,- SGD which will help pay for about 12 of the 16 chemo treatments for Mei Qi. I am planning to continue the fundraising, but more formally and via a proper website on give.asia. Lookout for that in the next week or so. If you had not seen the news item that was broadcast on News 5 and CNA, please check the link below.
A massive thank you to everyone who shared, donated, messaged Mei Qi for support. It has been a fantastic community effort. 🥰🥰🥰