Wicklow Chinese community distribute 15,000 face masks to local nursing homes
“Showing love to our second hometown” is how Summi Wong of the Southside Chinese Residents Association described their gift to Wicklow.
Summi and the many Chinese people that have settled in Bray and surrounding areas met recently to figure out how they could contribute to the COVID-19 emergency locally.
They wanted to show their solidarity with the people of Ireland and particularly of their hometown, Bray.
After some thought they decided to source masks from China. They raised the money and bought over 25,000 three-layer disposable masks and shipped them here.
With the help of local Gardai, 15,000 of these masks have now been distributed to local nursing homes in the Bray and Greystones area, at no cost.
A further 10,000 are being sent to local not-for-profits with the help of the County Wicklow Volunteer Centre. These organisations include Sunbeam House Services, Bray Home Care Service and Wicklow Community Carers.
Summi explained that her Association was a small but very active group which wanted to “give back to the community”.