Students and staff at Sino-Canada High School in Luxu, Jiangsu, China recently shipped 250 N95 masks to the health care workers in the Okanagan after hearing how the province is struggling with a lack of PPE. (contributed)

From China with love: High school ships 250 masks to Okanagan health-care workers

Doctors and nurses across the province are struggling with the shortage of suitable PPE

A Chinese high school has stepped up to help Okanagan health-care workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Sino-Canada High School in Luxu, Jiangsu, China, recently shipped 250 N95 masks to the South Okanagan Similkameen (SOS) Division of Family Practice. Doctors and nurses across the province are struggling with the shortage of suitable PPE.

The shipment arrived today (May 6) and local practioner Dr. Tim Phillips said it couldn’t have come at a better time.

“Having people on the other side of the world being able to see a need here in the Okanagan and reach out to try to help out is incredible and fabulous,” Phillips said. “It goes to show what we can do around the world to try and help each other with this.”

READ MORE: COVID-19: South Okanagan physician community seeking PPE donations

READ MORE: British Columbians can double their ‘pandemic bubble’ mid-May, but no large gatherings

The donation was coordinated by the principal of Sino-Canada High School, Graham Setters, who contacted the SOS Division of Family Practice after they sent out public requests for PPE.

Setters’ father lives in the Okanagan and was able to help facilitate the shipment.

After reaching out to the SOS Division of Family Practice, Setters arranged to have his students ship the masks to his father who then delivered them to the SOS Division of Family Practice.

The SOS Division is currently operating at McLaren Arena in Penticton, using masks and other PPE that have mostly been procured through community donations.

“The donation from the Sino-Canada students is invaluable in helping community health care professionals continue to have the best safety control measures in place for citizens and workers,” said Heather Allen of the SOS Division of Family Practice in an email.

Dr. Phillips echoed Allen’s sentiments.

“This is going to go a long way towards helping our providers in the community provide services to our patients,” Phillips said. “From our standpoint it’s a big shout-out for the generosity and for the out-pour from community to community to help each other out.

“A big thank you to both our community for everything that they’ve done and certainly for the students and the staff at the school there to reach out and help out the providers in the Okanagan here.”

Sino-Canada High School sent this poster along with a shipment of 250 N95 masks to health care workers in the Okanagan. (contributed)

READ MORE: Canadian doctors say they see little progress on improving PPE supply: survey

READ MORE: Kelowna aerospace company manufacturing PPE amid COVID-19 pandemic

@PentictonNews
editor@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.



jesse.day@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Summerland man rescued following ATV accident

Helicopters used to transport injured man to Kelowna for treatment

South Okanagan playgrounds now open

Once caution tape is removed, playgrounds are officially open for public use

Moog and Friends Hospice hopes to raise $30,000 this month

Donations give hospice a chance to win an additional cash prize of $20,000

Canada Day to go virtual in Penticton

City seeking videos of residents singing the national anthem to include in online celebration

B.C. Hockey League prepping for 2020-21

League reviewing different scenarios and start times in compliance with provincial regulations

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

High water levels on Shuswap Lake may close popular Canoe Beach

Rain forecast could flood entrance tunnel, city staff to evaluate

189 homes in Grand Forks area given evacuation orders

Homes are in the Nursery, Grand Forks Airport, Gilpin Rd., Johnson Flats and Granby Rd. areas

Mother bear and two cubs spotted in West Kelowna

Residents of Shannon Lake are urged to be on the look out for three bears in the area

Social justice advocate yells at Kelowna council, demands presence at Black Lives Matter rally

Heather Friesen has again taken to council chambers to make her opinion heard

Youth filmmakers tackle technology addiction, relationships, cyber-bullying

The Kelowna couple won a grant from Telus STORYHIVE

Significant flooding not expected in Summerland

Okanagan Lake now slightly higher than full pool level

Vernon videographer captures thunderstorm

See the ‘best bits’ of Saturday’s storm

Most Read