MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The Como Foundation has announced a $5-million gift to Trillium Health Partners Foundation (THP) from the proceeds of sales of a unique lip-reading lens mask, called My Access Mask.
The donation will be used to support the redevelopment and expansion of Mississauga hospital.
A recent release explained that when the pandemic hit, Sarah Veinot and her husband Max Cucchiella hit upon the idea of making non-medical masks with a clear vinyl insert in the centre, so that those who are deaf or hard of hearing and rely on lip-reading could access conversation during COVID-19. Demand took off and the family launched the Como Foundation.
The masks are produced by McRae Imaging, a local business hurt by lost revenue as a result of COVID-19. McRae is now producing the masks at a commercial volume in Ontario and is listed on the province’s Workplace PPE Supplier Directory.
“Hospitals play a key role in keeping our community healthy in ordinary times, but during a pandemic it takes a whole community. Gifts like this one help us fight COVID-19, while also building for our future,” said Michelle DiEmanuele, Trillium’s president and CEO in a statement. “Our deepest thanks to Max and Sarah as well as their family and the Como Foundation for their generous gift.”
“As the mother of a child with special needs, I understand the benefit of these masks, and I’m truly delighted that they also allow us to give back to THP, where I have received life-saving care,” said Sarah Veinot.