VICTORIA, B.C. – The Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) is urging its members to donate personal protection equipment and cleaning supplies to healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients.
The association is asking for new, unopened N95 masks, sanitizer solution and wipes, or other personal protection equipment suitable for their work.
“Right now, there is a desperate need for support of our front-line medical workers. We understand that both the Federal and Provincial governments have made recent announcements that industry is going to increase supply, but we at the Vancouver Island Construction Association would like to help out wherever possible,” said VICA CEO Rory Kulmala.
As of March 19, there have been 271 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in British Columbia with 22 confirmed cases on Vancouver Island.
“We believe this initiative, regardless of how many donations we receive, will underline the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for all members of our community to come together if we’re going to stop the spread of the coronavirus,” Kulmala.
The association has made arrangements to turn over all donations to the Vancouver Island Health Authority for them to distribute as necessary.
In Victoria, donations can be dropped off at VICA’s Victoria Office, 1075 Alston Street, by appointment between 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Monday – Friday. To schedule an appointment please call 250-388-6471 or email, Owen@vicabc.ca.
Donations for the VICA Nanaimo office can be arranged by calling 250-388-6471 or emailing Dawn@vicabc.ca.