Medical facilities all over the world are being stretched to the limit because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It’s something we haven’t seen since the Asian Flu pandemic in early 1957 and the Spanish Flu pandemic that emerged in the Spring of 1918.
There has been a shortage of most supplies in most countries, including Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), and among those are surgical face masks.
Shay Given has pointed this out, but rather just complain about it, Shay and his pal Rob Noble supported by music superstar Peter Gabriel, have done something about it.
They have set up a non-profit organization, under the name of CareGiven.
They raise funds from NHS merchandise – including things like car stickers and flags – and they use the funds generated to buy face masks for those frontline workers who are most in need.
They are also asking for direct donations from those who can afford it.
Good for them.
This is what Shay has said in an exclusive in The Sun:
“We’ve all been sitting in lockdown and I was just talking with my good friend Rob over the phone about what we could do to try to help people on the frontline.”
“It’s easy to sit back and do nothing and in these difficult situations. You always think someone else will do something.” “But we felt as a group we could do something ourselves.”
“There’s a lot of frontline people, not just NHS, that we have to appreciate. They’re still working every day and being very brave.”
“I don’t know the ins and outs of it and maybe they have been caught on the hop, but you’d think with all the government’s resources there would be a better way of supplying these people.”
“Especially the doctors and nurses who are going right into the danger zone and being asked to do it without the right equipment. It doesn’t seem to make much sense.”
“To date, I think there are over 100 NHS workers who have died, so it’s a big worry.
“We’re over 10,000 masks at the minute.”
“We’re trying to push those donations, sell the merchandise and get those figures up. It doesn’t matter how small a donation you make.”
They have, as of today, supplied 13,696 masks to the NHS and counting.
Every little bit helps in these dire times for medical workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic – they are the heroes.
You can donate to CareGiven here.
Please do your best to help.