Heroes-Aid delivered 5,000 surgical masks and 30 gowns to front line workers at three locations across County Wicklow last week.
The voluntary not-for-profit organisation was established in the early stage of Covid 19, to protect and support front-line health care workers. Their total delivery included 250,000 face masks, 10,000 visors, 7,000 gowns and 9,000 high specification FFP2 face masks to hospitals, GP practices, nursing homes, and a number of NGOs.
Dr Maitiú Ó Tuathail, medical director of Heroes-Aid said: 'We are still seeing a high demand for PPE from front-line workers, in particular our GPs, who are the first line of defence against Covid-19. These deliveries of PPE will allow our front-line workers and heroes continue to care for their patients safely. 'Heroes-Aid does not aim to replace HSE PPE deliveries, but to address urgent shortages and act as a bridge between deliveries. Our work is very much complementary to the great work being undertaken by the HSE and every cent raised to date has provided PPE to those on the frontline.'
Workers in critical need of PPE are advised to contact the organisation through their website heroes-aid.com. 'We want to help and protect as many front-line workers as we can,' said CEO Mary Leahy. 'The work of Heroes-Aid has been made possible by the incredible work and fundraising effort of individuals and groups across Ireland,' she said 'In just two months, donations of €250,000 by members of the public from all over Ireland have been made to help and protect our front-line heroes. 'A special thanks is due to Bravo Charlie Tango bikers for their help in delivering the PPE, along with Heroes-Aid, throughout Ireland.'
Heroes-Aid was established on a voluntary basis by Mary Leahy, a Public Health Nurse, and further came to life with a growing committee and Irish band Keywest, who produced a music video aptly called Ordinary Superhero.