I hope you are all keeping well during these strange times we find ourselves in. Who would have ever imagined that life could change so much for everyone in such a short period of time.
I recently shared some photos on my Instagram and Facebook pages of the fabric face masks that I have been making and each time I had so many enquiries asking was I selling the masks, was I sending them back to Ireland etc.
I had never really intended to sell the face masks that I was making. My intention was to learn how to make them in case there was a shortage of PPE here in Australia and a request was made to the sewing community to donate handmade masks (as has been the case in many parts of the world) in order to prioritise the proper medical grade N95 masks for the frontline workers who need them most. As it would happen, Australia has been quite lucky in that it hasn’t been affected quite as badly as other parts of the world by COVID-19 and so there has not been any shortage of PPE.
Since many countries, including Ireland, are now advising the general public to wear some type of face covering when out in public where social distancing may not always be possible and since I had so many enquiries about the masks I was making, I decided to take the opportunity to try to do something positive.
I bought more supplies and made a batch of face masks in different colours and sizes that I will be sending back to Ireland to be distributed by my lovely sister Lisa. Details of the masks available are shown below, there are limited amounts of each size and style so once they are sold out they will not be restocked. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in purchasing a mask or send a message via Facebook or Instagram.
I will be selling the adult sized masks for €15 (plus postage) with €10 donated to charity and the child sized masks for €8 (plus postage) with €5 donated to charity. The charity that I have chosen to support with these donations is NBCRI (National Breast Cancer Research Institute), which is based in my hometown of Galway. NBCRI are committed to funding breast cancer research at the National University of Ireland, Galway that helps improve treatments and outcomes for women in Ireland and across the world.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions many of the usual fundraising events that take place have had to be canceled which is a huge blow to charities so it is more important than ever for us to show our support in whatever way we can. Breast cancer research is a cause very close to my family’s hearts since both my sister Sinead and my Mum Sarah had breast cancer and sadly passed away. We always enjoyed attending the different events organized to support NBCRI over the years and so this is just a small way to show our support now during these difficult times.
Thanks for taking the time to read. Stay safe,
Available colours and sizes are shown below. Please note that the elastic on these face masks (not shown in these photos) goes around the back of the head for a secure and comfortable fit.
Small Youth - most suitable for smaller children under 5
Youth - most suitable for children 5 or older
Small / Medium Adult - most suitable for teenagers and ladies
Large Adult - most suitable for men
X-Large Adult - most suitable for those with larger faces or with a beard