Saturday, 04 July 2020 | 21:02 WIB

Through Social Affairs Ministry, APPI Donates Covid-19 Aid to Former Athletes

Through Social Affairs Ministry, APPI Donates Covid-19 Aid to Former Athletes (kemensos)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesian Professional Footballers Association (APPI) is channeling assistance to communities affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic through the Indonesia Ministry of Social Affairs. APPI plans to distribute a donation of IDR150 million to families or former athletes in need.

Minister of Social Affairs Juliari P Batubara welcomed the initiative and cooperation from APPI in collaboration with the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association (HIPMI). He hoped that the initiative of the sports figures could inspire others to care for others.

"We welcome the initiative and cooperation from APPI-HIPMI. In essence, the synergy between the government and the community is needed in overcoming various challenges and dynamics, especially now that we are facing the Covid-19 pandemic. We will immediately distribute this assistance to those who need it," Juliari said on Friday (06/26/2020).

Present on the occasion include APPI President Firman Utina, General Manager of APPI Ponaryo Astaman, and representatives from HIPMI. Symbolically, Firman Utina handed over a donation of IDR150 million to the Minister of Social Affairs.

Social Affairs Minister Juliari stated that the development of social welfare is the responsibility of all elements of the nation. Cooperation and mutual cooperation are urgently needed in overcoming shared challenges.

"The government is very appreciative of the initiative of APPI-HIPMI. This is an example, and at the same time can motivate elements of other nations to help our brothers in need, "he said.

The Minister of Social Affairs ensured that assistance from APPI-HIPMI are very useful when many people were affected by the pandemic and needed a helping hand. Further assistance will soon be issued by the Ministry of Social Affairs.

"The plan is that we will return the assistance to the world of sports, namely to former athletes and their families who really need it. I hope that the sporting world in Indonesia will be more successful in the future," said the Minister.

Meanwhile, Ponaryo Astaman said this donation is a form of concern for footballers in order to join together with other elements of the nation to overcome the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The donation was sourced from proceeds of the auction of 117 player jerseys that was initiated with HIPMI some time before. The donation was a form of concern for football players as part of the community towards relatives affected by the pandemic.

"The good news is that the enthusiasm of the football players is quite high," said the former midfielder, who is now pursuing a coaching career.

Pornayo also said that in addition to the APPI organization, there were also many other football players auctioning off their jerseys individually and donated the proceeds to APPI.

"Of course we should be grateful and appreciate each other. On this occasion, we also express our gratitude for the willingness of the Ministry of Social Affairs and staff for their willingness to accept this cooperation," said the former Indonesia national football team captain.