A volunteer explains the proper way of wearing an oxygen mask to a young child in Palembang, South Sumatra. (Antara Photo/Nova Wahyudi)

Celebrities Team Up in Charity Project for Haze Victims


OCTOBER 14, 2015

Jakarta. Actresses Alya Rohali, Zaskia Sungkar and singer Yuni Shara are among a group of Indonesian celebrities behind Aksi Sejuta Kaleng Oksigen, or the Movement for a Million Oxygen Tanks, a collaborative project with non-profit foundation Rumah Pandai Indonesia to help provide oxygen tanks for haze victims.

"People continue to suffer due to this prolonged haze period. With the help of Rumah Pandai, we are sending oxygen tanks to help haze victims," Alya said at a press conference staged at the Rumah Pandai Indonesia office in Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta, on Tuesday.

Yuni said Rumah Pandai has collected Rp 100 million ($7,347) in donations, which will be distributed to haze victims in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan, in the form of pure oxygen tanks, face masks, eyedrops and a supply of milk for children.

"I encourage my friends to send help by giving [cash] donations. This is our way of showing [the people of Sumatra and Kalimantan] that they are not alone in this," she said.

Rumah Pandai is aimed at helping disaster victims and those living below the poverty line, as well as providing support in non-formal education for displaced children.

Fashion designer Kanaya Tabitha, models Aline Adita and Nadia Mulya established the foundation last year as an effort to help victims of the Mount Sinabung eruption in North Sumatra.