Last week at my wife's suggestion, I took my small stockpile of N95 masks to the local hospital here in NYC. A nurse literally ran after the car to thank me with tears in her eyes. I knew I needed to do more until the government catches up.
I'm from Saskatoon, but living in New York. I have had a first hand look at what is likely to come to my hometown, including the supplies that will be needed, and I want to help get ahead of it. Hospital lineups, lack of equipment, death, etc - this is real. Health care workers are falling sick/dying and all the hospitals here lack protective gear.
I fear that it will come for Saskatchewan in a real way and that the medical system will need significantly more protective supplies than they have. In particular, the virus has the potential to really roll through vulnerable populations in low income areas, many of which already lack the funding and supplies that will be needed to fight this.
Over the last few days, I have worked with friends and partners around the world to source and fund 20,000 N95 masks for front-line health workers in the New York area. We are building a global network to help us source and distribute N95 masks through a web of providers, countries, and distributors to make this happen.
We want to replicate these efforts and work to get masks and other protective equipment into Saskatoon ASAP. I've donated the first $1,000 CAD to the Saskatoon cause, but will need more people in the Saskatoon community to donate to make this a reality.
If this is important to you, please consider making a donation. If you can't donate and want to help with logistics and coordination locally, please message us.
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