A Facebook group of volunteers will deliver 1,000 colourful masks by Sunday to Cyprus’ hospitals, the CNA reports.
The dotted, starry and striped masks were the initiative of a young mother, Maria, who wanted to make a little more colourful the life of medical staff and patients in the island’s medical centres.
“I took the initiative due to the predicted shortage to create these masks for the people who are in the front line to protect us,” she said.
She said that the masks are made from materials that allow them to be washed and sterilised so that they can be used again.
“The only thing I requested from Giorgos, who gave me the material free of charge, was to choose textiles with lovely colours to brighten the staff’s day and the look on patients’ faces,” she said.
Maria said that she made the group public on April 1, and a few days later it had around 700 members, of whom 50 actively help in the process.
“Some help with transportation, others do the sowing, some offer the materials and many people have contributed financially,” she said.
She explained that the masks can be washed and ironed and in the back there is a small pocket that can be used to add an additional filter, like kitchen paper, gauze or even a coffee filter.
Around 10 of the team’s volunteers are located in Psimolofou, whose community council funded the purchase of additional materials to make masks for the community’s inhabitants.
Maria also mentioned that a workshop in Limassol that normally makes costumes for the carnival has delivered 200 masks.