An initiative by the Western Cape Commandery in Cape Town at the southern tip of Africa has – during these ongoing, devastating Covid-19 times - greatly improved the visibility of our Order in many jurisdictions around the globe.

Using WHO specifications, striking masks bearing our green cross on the left cheek have been hand-crafted on order and dispatched to Commanderies in Canada, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales, Germany, the Netherlands, Malta and elsewhere in Europe.

To date, a total of 730 masks have been produced, with more in the pipeline.

This project has also provided a vital source of support to an otherwise unemployed skilled tailor (an active Associate of the Order) and his assistants under lockdown rules in South Africa, as well as the first income in months for an elderly disabled veteran and his wife who run a small at-home embroidery business. (Pic attached)

The majority of the surplus funds that have accrued to the Commandery from this mask project has been used to support an emergency relief ‘blankets, clothing and food’ effort for the Holy Cross Children’s Home that was severely damaged by fire this last weekend. This facility for abandoned, abused and orphaned children under five is situated in a chronically marginalised community.

The donated funds were matched through partnership with the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch and members of the Commandery mobilised quickly to deliver a significant quantity of own-sponsored donations of vital blankets and kids’ clothing to the Home.

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