From teaching Design and Technology at Kapiti College to producing Face Shields with 3D printers, Martin Vieregg is part of a volunteer army working to ensure first responders are protected from Covid-19.
A staggering 80,000 visors have been made and distributed by Shields Up. This group has come together from all walks of life, bringing their can-do attitudes, mobilising to make and deliver this critical PPE.
With high demand from medical centres and emergency responders around the country, amid widespread reporting of a deficit in protective wear, the shields have been gratefully received and the design for ease of wearing and comfort appreciated by those using them.
The group has donated their time and expertise and the shields are provided at no cost. Koha from recipients and a Givealittle page has gone toward the cost of materials.As well as volunteers, 3D printers and laser cutters, the project has relied on access to locally supplied materials.
Vieregg has an association with Cordall through his teaching role and had sourced elastic in the past for student design and tech projects. Cordall, deemed an essential business during Alert Level Four, was able to supply the appropriate 8mm elastic for this remarkable project.
As a New Zealand manufacturer Cordall is grateful to be able to continue operating during Alert Level Four providing essential materials to essential services.