The Covid19 has engulfed global economy, and outspread the fear of death. Amidst of all this personal protection equipment become the most desired product. While N95 masks for medical professional become the necessity, demand for the medical masks also went off the roof. Shortage of these masks have lead people across the world to look for alternatives.
A small group of women in Surrey, BC under the lead of Our Global Village (OGV) team, took the courage to face the fear of death and accepted the challenge to protect their community. They devoted their every Saturday to this project and delved into sewing masks using 100% cotton fabric. So far, over 2850 masks have been fully completed, and hundreds are in process of completion. Each mask is sticked with much care and it goes through hands of the volunteers before it reaches its user. These masks are provided at no cost to the users.
While medical masks surely provide certain level of protection, they also add to our landfill and increase burden on our resources. Following the advise of many professionally, OGV believes that the fabric masks on the other hand, provide much of the same protection and do not burden our atmosphere. The fabric masks that the volunteers have been sewing have pockets in which additional level of safety can be added, if one is caring for a sick relative.
To meet the growing need of masks, the group had set an ambitious target of making 1000 masks on Saturday May 23rd, 2020, and they collectively sticked 1300 masks that day. It is also worth a mention that all women who have been helping out with this project are all working women. Many of them have their own businesses, let it be an accounting firm, construction, beauty Solon, driving school, professional cleaner agency, financial advisors and more or they are actively employed in other jobs such as a teacher, longshoreman etc. While they work in various different industries, they all have one thing in common. They all believer that everyone should fulfil their responsibilities of giving back to society and sharping it to meet the needs of their family.
These fabric masks thus far have been delivered to the following groups/ institutions:
PICS (Progressive Inter Cultural Society)
Surrey Urban Mission
The Cove (temporary shelter for homeless)
North Surrey Response Centre
Sikh Academy Surrey
Crime Prevention Society
Dukh Niwaran Guru Ghar (152 st. and 68 Ave)
York Centre Guru Ghar
Surrey Hospice Society
Sovereign Law Firm
Surrey community volunteers
Member of Public service of Canada
Dr. Kahlon office
Nurses (for personal use outside of Hospital )
Bank staff members
Softwood Mill workers
Quality Woodcrafters Factory
Khalsa Credit Union
Vancouver: Taxi drivers, Mr. Lube and Seniors
Pitt Meadows: Waves Coffee (location of Lower mainland), Solaris Meadows Gate and Seniors
Abbotsford: 4 families
Toronto: TD bank staff
Kamloops: Essential workers
OGV family, appreciates all their supporters, mentors and volunteers for making this project a success.The financial support for this project mostly came from the women's group itself and from those who have been taking the masks. Following community members supported this initiated: : Bally Beauty Salon,, Elite Sofa Design, BrarCo Accounting firm, Khushpal Taunk (Sovereign Law firm), Deluxe Design Furniture, Kamal Aujla (Radio host), Gispreet Kaur, Pulse Skin Care, Jas Kang (Realtor), MK Cedar and Vinyl Fencing, Shernjeet Gill, Harnek Hadev Mann, Navpreet Chahal (from Toronto), Sandhu Cloth House, Daljit Hara, Sonu Hair Salon, CJ Saini, and more.
OGV especially acknowledges following volunteering for this project: Pardeep Sidhu, Pawan Kaur, Gurmeet Kaur, Baljinder Dhaliwal, Ramandeep Sidhu, Kamal Brar, Harpreet Gill, Amrit Grewal, Jas Kang, Kamal Aujla, Kaur Aujla, Mandeep Cheema, Gagan Dhothar, Reena Mangat, Amarjit Josh and more.
For getting more information or to get fabric masks, you may contact Jatinder Bhatia at 778-848-1287 or contact us through our website. Please offer your time, financial help or fabric as you can, to assist with this initiative of distributing fabric masks at no costs to those in need.
On behalf of the entire OGV team