By Maroon & White |
During the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting each other and our community is more important than ever. At Saint Mary's, an enterprising group of researchers and faculty members saw an opportunity to help those on the front lines with personal protective equipment (PPE). Dr. Linda Campbell, Dr. Jeremy Lundholm, Dr. Christa Brosseau, and Dr. Jason Masuda gathered supplies to donate to hospitals such as lab coats, safety glasses, gloves, and masks. Alumnus Kevin Gallant MTEI '16 helped the community by making face shields through 3D printing for health professionals and customer service outlets. “I wanted to share how volunteerism can help support health professionals or people on the front lines that need PPE,” said Gallant.
Since late January, alumna Angela Jing Yang BComm’05 has been fundraising to help combat COVID-19 along with other alumni and friends. They have raised more than $20,000 worth of medical supplies including N95 masks, goggles, and protective clothes for hospitals in Wuhan and Si Chuan. “We made five donations to China; however, given the spread of the coronavirus in Canada, we are now focusing our efforts here,” explains Jing Yang. “We are currently working on coordinating donations to Toronto area hospitals.”