Volunteers sew face masks for our crews

Teddie bears with homemade face masks.

Electrix volunteers stuck at home across the country have made over 1000 face masks to keep crews safe.

When New Zealand went into lockdown the government diverted all the country’s face masks to be used by healthcare.

Surgical face masks were already in short supply, and the masks Electrix had on order for frontline workers suddenly become unavailable.

To ensure the crews could remain protected from the COVID-19 infection, Electrix put out a call for anyone with a sewing machine to try their hand at making masks for the teams working on site.

Volunteers from across Electrix put in a collective and co-ordinated effort to sew masks out of cotton and elastic. The masks were then distributed across the country.

We set ourselves a target to meet, which was for each worker to be provided with three masks (accounting for one to wear, one to be washed, and one spare).

So far, the volunteer teams have sown their way through a tremendous amount and have put together an impressive 1717 masks with more on the way.