Caring spirit runs in the family

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 08 Apr 2020

Penny making the face shields at home.

SIBU: A family here is making anti-virus face shields for frontliners at their own expense.

Stella Tang said it all started when her sister Penny called to ask if she could help her make face shields for frontliners.

“I thought this was a very good idea and agreed,” said Stella.

After a brainstorming session among the family which included their parents and a younger brother, they started on the project on March 26.

Stella’s cousin Ho Siew Chan, heard about their noble project and decided to join them.

“We called ourselves Tang & Tang. We are doing this as we want to show our appreciation to the frontliners for their invaluable work battling Covid-19,” said Stella.

So far, they have made a total of 3,500 pieces and distributed to the police, hospitals and polyclinics in Sibu, Kapit and Bintulu.

“Our initial target was to make 1,700 pieces but due to the urgent demand, we decided to make another 1,800 pieces,” said Stella.

As they are all observing social distancing, her cousin is making the item in her own home.

“She collects the materials from me and makes them at home,” she said.

Stella said they would first disinfect all materials including the transparent plastic sheets and sponges used to make the face shields.

“It cost us between 70sen and RM2.70 a piece. Both my sister and I are bearing the cost.

“Now some friends who got to know about us making shields want to learn to make them as well.

“They want to help the frontliners. I am happy they feel this way,” she added.

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