Since Sancta Maria teachers Liam Murphy and Bob Reaney started their production of visors for healthcare and frontline workers a few weeks ago, they have been inundated with requests for more.
The materials technology teachers came up with the idea as a response to a general plea for PPE to protect essential workers from the Coronavirus. Sancta Maria had the equipment – a laser cutter and 3D printer - lying idle as students were at home, so with the help and backing of Principal Pauline Moran, they decided to make a contribution by producing face visors.
So far they have made 1,300 visor units, which have been distributed to many locations throughout the county. Now, thanks to local agencies, they are in possession of more 3D printers which will speed up production; however, they need to finance the corresponding cost of materials.
Services in Mayo which have already benefitted from the PPE produced in the school include Mayo University Hospital, The Sacred Heart Hospital, Louisburgh Order of Malta, Cuan Chaitriaona Nursing Home, Louisburgh Primary Care Centre, Claremorris Primary Care Centre, Claremorris Garda Station, Malvern Medical Centre, Westport Garda Station, McBride Home Westport, Mayo Physiotherapists, Moy Ridge Nursing Home, Hollymount Nursing Home, Cheshire Ieland, Castlebar Garda Station, Ballinamore Nursing Home Kiltimagh, Queen of Peace Nursing Home Knock and many local pharmacies and GP clinics.
You can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/sancta-maria-material-for-ppe-fund.