Hey everyone! It is Miss Etobicoke here again with some more updates of what I have beeen during this Pandemic!

It has officially been 60 days since we have been in quarantine (2 month) and believe me it feels like it has been 3 years being at home 24/7. I hope everyone is doing their part and keeping 6 feet apart from everyone when going out in public. As well as wearing your gloves and mask while going to the community. Being at home, gave me a lot to think about and how I can present myself to this society today by making a difference one step at a time. So, I have decided to put my sewing skills into place and make DIY (Do it Yourself) mask. As I started to makes a couple of mask a day, I have decided to contact my local hospital (Etobicoke General Hospital) to see if they  need any more essentials due to the coronavirus. Unfortunately, I was not able to donate the mask that I have made but they were nice enough to give me alternate resources to put my hard work into someone else’s hope. There was a nursing home in Etobicoke that I knew that needed some help with mask essentials, thankfully my aunt works at the nursing home agreed for myself to donate some of the mask that I had made. I was very happy that my hard work was investing into something that can help people in the community especially the front line workers that has been putting their love and effort into caring for the patients with COVID-19. They had make tremendous sacrifice working in their field on helping the older people and making sure they do not get effected with this contagious virus.

After Posting all over social media about what I have been doing to help the community, a news editor named, Malcolm from Toronto Life, reached out to me through Twitter about my DIY mask and wanted to know if I would be interested in sharing my story publicly. I jumped onto this amazing opportunity because this was a chance to display my work to the community.  I had to write a paragraph about what I have used and where I found the material for the mask. Unfortunately, this image is blurry to read so below I will give you what I have entire wrote for this article. I am very grateful for this opportunity given to e and I hope that my hard work is still being recognize by helping the community one step at a time.

Below the picture is where I have wrote about the mask and how I have made them.

“As Miss Etobicoke Ontario, I want to help the front line nurses so I can make a difference. I’ve been sewing for a couple of years now. The idea of making masks came to me as I was sewing my clothes on the sewing machine. I enjoy being creative and making new things so I decided to look up a simple way to make DIY masks on YouTube for beginners. Once I found a suitable video, I started looking for material and came across my family’s old curtains that they didn’t use anymore. I also found old, white cloth from my dad’s auto body shop that he didn’t use anymore. I then began to wash the material for use and cut out the pieces that I needed. Each mask that I’ve made has three layers so the white cloth can be the filter of the mask. Once sewed, I began to iron the layers so that the masks became flat. Afterwards, I put the new masks back in the washing machine to clean them one last time. Unfortunately, I was unable to donate these masks to my local hospital but was fortunate to donate them to a nursing home nearby. Even though we are all quarantined at home, there is always something we can do to help someone in need even if it seems impossible. ” -Simone M., Miss Etobicoke, 2020

Happy International Nurses Day 2020!

Today we celebrate the hard working nurses that has been working along side hospitals, nursing homes ans clinics to make sure they squash this virus. International Nurses day (IND) is an international day celebrated around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions nurses make to society.

Who Celebrates?

Well according to “Nurseszone, A World Of Nurses,”

“Australia

In each of the Australian states and territories, various nursing ceremonies are conducted during the week.

China

In 2007, 5000 nurses gathered in Yichun, East China’s Jiangxi Province. Each year nurses in Chinese hospitals recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge.

Ireland

Since 2012, Nurse Jobs Ireland (an Irish nurse recruitment agency) launch a weeklong pro-bono campaign to celebrate nurses on the 6–12 May every year. This week long celebration uses digital platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to promote the great work nurses do using the hashtag #CelebrateNurses. The public leave their positive comments and thanks on the Celebrate Nurses website where they are collated into an ebook which is shared in medical facilities throughout Ireland.

United Kingdom

Each year a service is held in Westminster Abbey in London. During the Service, a symbolic lamp is taken from the Nurses’ Chapel in the Abbey and handed from one nurse to another, thence to the Dean, who places it on the High Altar. This signifies the passing of knowledge from one nurse to another.

USA & Canadian Celebrations (National Nursing Week)

The U.S. celebrates National Nursing Week each year from 6 May to 12 May. Canada celebrates National Nursing Week each year during the week that includes 12 May. The Canadian Minister of Health instituted National Nursing Week in Canada in 1985.

In the U.S., National Nurses Week was first observed from 11–16 October 1954 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s mission to Crimea. President Nixon later proclaimed a “National Nurse Week” in 1974.

Singapore

Singapore celebrates Nurses Day on 1 August. Back in the 1800s, a thriving Singapore found itself in need of providing better healthcare and medical services to a growing population. While there were several hospitals, there was a lack of nurses to support the doctors.”

Nurseszone, A World Of nurses, 2020. Retrieved from https://www.nurseszone.in/nurseszone/why-we-celebrate-nurses-day-history-of-international-nurses-day/105.html

It is amazing to see how the world can come together on one special day and to showcase their hard work that they have been doing since the beginning. I would personally like to thank each nurses and front line workers for all the sacrifices that they have made in during this pandemic. Since the nurses are doing their part then we should do out part by staying home and social distancing when going into the community.

I hope every one is staying and healthy while staying at home. stay tune for my next post!

-Simone Mohabir

 

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