Just over a week ago, I was invited to a Facebook group of 60k+ engineers and designers from all over the world sharing ideas, designs, concepts with each other to help with the worldwide PPE shortage. I was inspired and knew I could help.
I sourced materials from all over to create a series of prototypes to test. After I was confident with the design, I sourced enough to scale the shield for mass production. A friend of mine - Imran Esmail - and I joined forces. He procured the raw materials while I was hard at work turning them into usable face shields.
This project was featured on the front page of the Globe and Mail in Toronto on April 1, and the response has been downright overwhelming and inspiring. Canadians everywhere are eager to help.
Globe and Mail Article: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-canadians-use-crowdsourcing-to-produce-medical-supplies-for-health/
Source: Christopher Katsarov / Globe and Mail
Our goal is to make 5000+ Shield Hero’s for our front line medical workers in the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. In order to accomplish our goal, we need to purchase more materials to ramp up production, and that's where we need your help. Each shield costs approximately $6.80 (materials, lasering costs), so that’s a healthy baseline to inform your donation. 5000 Shields x $6.80 = $34,000
Shield Hero V2
• Version 3 is being prototyped right now without foam + reusable.
• We are in touch with an organization that will help determine which hospitals are in the greatest position of need for PPE. These institutions will be prioritized.
A story that made my day!
This lovely couple purchased 10 shields for their daughter who is a nurse practitioner in Northern Ontario (Atikokan) They’re mailing the shields out to her to keep her safe!
I’m committed to sharing new stories every time I hear how about how this project is making an impact in the Canadian medical community.
Let's all work together as Canadians during this difficult time and persevere!
Thank you so much, everyone. I will be as transparent as possible so you know exactly what's happening and where these shields are being delivered!
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