The team at Host in Ireland, with the generous support of our partners, have also been hard at work supporting Irish charities and campaigns that are spearheading COVID-19 relief efforts. News stories have highlighted the endless struggle of healthcare organisations in sourcing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for their frontline workers. Equally heart-wrenching are the stories of families not able to be with loved ones in hospital or care homes because of safety concerns from the coronavirus. We recently shone a spotlight on the far reaching activities our partners are doing at a national and international level to support global communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Going further again, Host in Ireland and its partners have pledged €45,000 to support organisations addressing these critical issues.
The team at Comfort4Covid saw first hand the emotional burden of seeing critically ill patients fighting COVID-19 in intensive care alone without their family, as well as the strain for residents of care homes unable to have visitors due to the virus. Comfort4Covid is bringing technology to patients and nursing home residents so that they can stay in touch with their families and see their faces despite the isolation. Their goal is to fund/source 600 tablets to donate to hospitals and nursing homes all around Ireland.
"An important contributor to the success we've had has been down to the involvement of Host in Ireland. The team has been so quick to offer a helping hand, being generous of time, resources and energy. They have helped us extend our fundraising reach, secure better prices and ultimately help more grandparents & parents isolated in nursing homes and hospitals stay connected with their families,” said Ciara Close, co-founder of Comfort4Covid. ‘By going above and beyond in helping make Comfort4Covid a success, they are helping to make the Irish response to Covid19 a success. To everyone at Host in Ireland, we say thank you!"
Globally, there is a massive shortage of personal protective equipment for our health workers and critical support staff to keep themselves as safe as possible. Masks 4 All Ireland is coordinating a group of voluntary sewists to make the best possible reusable cotton face masks. These masks are being made for those working and volunteering among the vulnerable as an initial priority, with care home staff and residents at the top of that priority.
“All of us in Masks 4 All Ireland have been overwhelmed by the support of Host in Ireland. We have purchased more raw materials at a better cost to maintain a consistent production right where the masks were needed,” said Mary Murphy, organiser of Masks 4 All Ireland. “This support has resulted in fuelling the manufacture of over 8,000 masks for health care workers in nursing homes all over the country.’
The Host in Ireland team has also worked with our partners to connect critical PPE suppliers into the key affected hospitals. As supply chains for this equipment have struggled, Host in Ireland partners have stepped up to provide critical reinforcements and supply chain supports. As Ireland begins to move past the lockdown phase, Host in Ireland will continue to support new organisations and campaigns as needed.
“The data centre industry is already playing a significant role in keeping our economy moving forward right now. We are incredibly grateful to our Host in Ireland partners for helping us help these important campaigns as they provide the most basic forms of protection and support for those directly affected by COVID-19,” said Garry Connolly, president and co-founder of Host in Ireland. “I’d like to thank our team at Host in Ireland for all their hard work and a job well done.”
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