UNAIR NEWS – In Islam there is a hadith that says “Alms can wash away sins as water extinguishes fire” (HR. Tirmidhi). This month of Ramadan is a month full of blessings and every good deed will be rewarded.
In the end of Ramadhan this year, Universitas Airlangga held another Ramadhan Charity Safari. This time, UNAIR students who do not go home to their hometown and community affected by Covid-19 are the recipients of this charity event.
The event was held in UNAIR Airlangga Convention Center (ACC) Campus C on Thursday, May 21, 2020. UNAIR Rector, Prof. Dr. Moh. Nasih, S.E., M.T., A.k., CMA, Head of LPPM UNAIR Dr. Eko Supeno, Head of PIH UNAIR Dr. Suko Widodo and other members of the community attended the event. This event is expected to be social safety net for people affected by Covid-19. UNAIR also distributed the food packages to some areas in Surabaya for orphanages, artist community and also online transport community.
The Head of Community Service and Development Institute (LPPM), Eko Supeno said that this activity is regularly carried out every year by UNAIR through LPPM, the targets of the charity event are community around the campus and students who are not going home to their hometown. Furthermore, there is also distribution of logistics for Bidikmisi students affected by Covid-19.
“At the moment there is a pandemic, there are many of our students not going home and the economy is disrupted by Covid. Communities around the campus working as daily workers are also affected, “he said.
So, Eko continued, the program is expected to be a social safety net for people affected by Covid. Furthermore, UNAIR also distributed food packages to several areas in Surabaya for community, orphanages, artists’ groups, and also online transport drivers.
Meanwhile, UNAIR Rector Prof. Nasih explained that he really appreciated students who were willing to stay, because it was an effective step to break Covid-19 transmission chain.
“With courage, they give up the celebration of Eid with the family for good. By not going home and adhering to health protocols, it can be said that they have served the nation, “he said.
Then, added Prof. Nasih, the regular Ramadhan charity safari activity is a form of UNAIR’s support to the community. The event always takes place every year and always increase in capacity.
“Through Puspas, we have received a lot of donations which are then distributed to the community and for covid handling needs at RSUA,” he explained. “While we are still healthy, strong, and capable, keep on trying, God willing, there will always be sustenance from God,” he added.
Prof. Nasih advised, if you have more then give priority to helping people around. Continue to give charity with sincerity, and do it continuously.
Consistency and commitment are needed for current conditions. Let’s take care of each other and remind each other, always obey health protocols and stay productive from home.
“All activities if carried out with steadfastness will lead to maximum results and blessings,” he concluded. (*)
Author: Muhammad Wildan Suyuti
Editor: Nuri Hermawan