With so many people in South African living below the poverty line, an essential item such as a face mask becomes an afterthought.
Diana de Sa from the NWU’s School of Languages is wearing one of the masks she made.
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As part of the #10MillionMasks initiative, staff member Diana de Sa and her team have already supplied the community of Potchefstroom with over 2 000 face masks.
Diana de Sa from the NWU’s School of Languages on the Potchefstroom Campus has committed herself to helping those who do not have the means to do so themselves.
Diana, a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) instructor, joined the #10MillionMasks initiative that makes and distributes face masks all over the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the help of women from around Potchefstroom and personnel at the Abraham Kriel Children’s Home, Diana and her team have already supplied the community of Potchefstroom with over 2 000 face masks.
To date they have donated to the Potchefstroom Taxi Association, Mooirivier Beskerming, Disaster Relief Force, NG Welsyn and Medi Clinic, and also to various family members, friends and locals.
Diana was motivated to join the #10MillionMasks initiative after hearing how some of her acquaintances in Wuhan, China, had volunteered to help spread awareness, teach others about precautionary measures, give out masks and help the elderly.
“Over the past few weeks, we have received a lot of support from members of the community. Please continue to support us by donating old cotton material, thread and elastic so we can carry on lending a helping hand.”
The materials can be taken to these four drop-off points in Potchefstroom that have boxes marked #10millionmasks:
* Super Spar Bult
* Pick n Pay Vanderhofpark
* Engen Bult Convenience Centre
* Engen Mooirivier Convenience Centre
Click here for more information or to join the initiative.