"Thank you to all the players as well as every single person, who support this program. We are optimistic that such charity would continue," Ambono Janurianto, the club’s president director, noted in a statement published on its official site, Sunday, April 26.
"We are hopeful that our effort would help Jakarta fight the disease," he affirmed, adding that the money raised will be diverted to parties in need.
The campaign, using an online fundraiser platform kitabisa.com and opened for three weeks, initially targeted to collect some Rp200 million (around $12,900), though Rp181 million was accrued merely through auctioning items of the players and manager Bambang Pamungkas.
One of the club players partaking in the campaign was Croatian player Marko Simic, who pooled in some Rp100 million of his money.
Jakarta is the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, with a total of 3,746 cases of infection and 357 fatalities reported as of Apr 26. Nationwide, the tally has reached 8,882 cases, and 743 patients have died of the virus.
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