The Face Shields Project
A group of kindhearted women gathered in a project to supply face shields to the healthcare-line in the desperate hour when the stocks are depleting.
It’s a chain reaction when Rashidah Hashim (57) who’s already actively sending out food to the front liners, got a request from a doctor in Ipoh to produce the face shields. Together with her friend Dr. Evelyn Khor, they reach out to their neighborhood in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail (TTDI), Kuala Lumpur and gather more people to volunteer in the project, and eventually to the Rahim Kajai Aminuddin Baki (RKAB) Neighbourhood to join in and help.
In just two days, funds and manpower flooded in, enough to make 950 face shields which were distributed to the Sungai Buloh Hospital. Not long after, more requests came in.
As of today (April 2), the number of volunteers keeps growing daily, and they have managed to produce 3470 pieces of face shields that have been given away to various hospitals including Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital, Hospital Kuala Lumpur and Universiti Malaya Medical Centre.
The shields are distributed through the Face Shield Heroes project, run by an alliance of 13 local NGOs led by Pertubuhan Pemuda Gema Malaysia.
“I am just doing it for the country and humanity. Every day we are getting more volunteers wanting to help. They are all awesome!” Rashidah said over the phone. She’s not alone in the whole production process of the face masks at home, she got all hands on deck including her husband, her daughter, domestic helper, and two other family members who live nearby.
Rashidah, who has 15 years of experience working with different women, children and community NGOs, added that this project can be done without stepping out of her house and all Malaysian can participate. It’s also a good practice for the whole family to bond during the current Movement Control Order and a good lesson to be kind and giving back to our society for the children.
“It’s a heartwarming scene to see so many people offering to help. We need to ensure that our front liners are well protected because they are out there saving lives and in contact with COVID-19 patients.
“They have families and loved ones waiting for them and we need to do everything we can to protect them. We are truly humbled by their sacrifices and that’s why we felt that the least we could do was to make these protective face shields for them, ” said Khor, a committee member of the RKAB Neighbourhood Watch.
Currently, there are simply 120 people, including children, involved in the making of the shields. Today, despite the MCO, Koh feels the project has lifted the spirits and sense of togetherness in the neighborhood.
“Parents and children are spending time together making the shields and knowing that they are helping the front liners with their effort. More people are getting to know one another and it has been a wonderful initiative for the neighborhoods.
The fundamental is exciting and at the same time crucial to help out to the community. Rashidah’s case illustrates a bigger exemplary picture of the community, especially to women of the home. It is not just the dedication towards the project, but how she teaches everyone around her to do good and it starts with her closest circle i:e her kids.
And to all home-makers, we could do as simple as what Rashidah is doing. A small act of making face shields for our front-liners will make a big impact not only helping out our society but educating our children to grow up and be a better human being with kindness towards others.
We at Komuniti Tukang Jahit supports her role not just as a humanitarian who cares for the nation but also as a loving mother that we should all learn from.
Appreciating the duty of our brave souls in the front-liners when the simplest thing we can do is stay at home, but what’s more beneficial is giving back to the ones fighting the disease and treating the infected, at the same time keeping them safe is another level of service. -AR
Gerakan Wawasan Malaysia in partnership with Komuniti Tukang Jahit will be making disposable face shields for our doctors and nurses who need them, especially while treating COVID-19 patients.
These face shields will be distributed to 4 clinics and a hospital in Putrajaya. Therefore, Gerakan Wawasan Malaysia is fundraising to purchase the materials needed to make the disposable shields.
Join our cause by contributing to Gerakan Wawasan Malaysia (CIMB ACCOUNT: 8602467500), and help us protect our front liners. Every piece counts!
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