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P.E.I. WI masks raise funds for medical equipment

The sale of these masks, made by PEIWI volunteers, will help raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The sale of these masks, made by PEIWI volunteers, will help raise funds for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. - Contributed



The P.E.I. Women’s Institute has announced that the WI Mask Project will be expanding.

Thanks to donations and the continued effort of volunteers, the handcrafted masks will be available in packages of 10, 25, 50 or 100 and are ideal for families and businesses. Each package will be a unique array of beautifully crafted fabric masks. They are varied in colour and are reversible. Made with 100 per cent cotton or cotton blend, the material lends well to commercial washing with built-in marine grade stainless steel nosepieces. The overall design with elastic ear loops allows for a snug yet standard adult fit.  

WI Masks are available for sale only through the QEH Foundation. Prepaid orders from the QEH Foundation website may be picked up at 40 Enman Cres. in Charlottetown on Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m., or by appointment by emailing wi@gov.pe.ca or calling 902-368-4860. To place orders, click here.

This WI Mask Project and now fundraiser is the result of a volunteer efforts from members of P.E.I. Women’s Institute and P.E.I. Mask+Aide in response to requests. 

“We are still committed to serve vulnerable communities requesting donated masks but are pleased this fundraiser will fill gaps from the cancellation of our annual WI Spring Is in the Air Gala dinner and assist to outfit large groups at the same time,” said a release from the PEIWI board.

The QEH Foundation reacted to unexpected and urgent equipment needs by raising funds for the QEH to outfit dedicated COVID-19 units. As the QEH transitions to the ease back phase of the COVID-19 response, additional equipment is needed to ensure the safety of patients and staff while upholding the chief public health officer's physical distancing directives. 

Funds raised through mask sales will contribute to the purchase two scavenging nitrous oxide systems, one for the pediatrics unit and another for Labour & Delivery. The new systems will allow for the use of nitrous oxide, which has been restricted at the QEH due to concerns related to COVID-19 transmission. Nitrous oxide is not only used for sedation and pain relief during childbirth but is also administered as inhalation medication for children undergoing painful procedures.  

The QEH Foundation is pleased to be included in this Mask Project, said Tracey Comeau, CEO of the QEH Foundation. 

“The WIs, across Prince Edward Island, have always been great leaders and supporters of the QEH Foundation. This project should help with our ease back phase at the QEH.” 
 

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