Thandie Newton, Courteney Cox, Matthew McConaughey among stars designing face masks to raise funds for PPE
Mending Kids is hosting their first-ever MASKrAID Campaign online auction with a collection of one-of-a-kind celebrity designed/illustrated face masks. The children’s nonprofit is raising funds to provide PPE for health care workers, teachers and students in disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
The first round of bidding, which started on 29 July and will run through 5 August (5pm PST), features face masks designed by Thandie Newton, Mallory Lewis, Gus Van Sant, Camille Grammar-Meyer, Courteney Cox, Matthew McConaughey, Kaia Gerber and The Tweed-Simmons Family. The second round of bidding will open on 7 August with additional celebrity designed masks.
Like many organisations, Mending Kids has also been affected by the pandemic, but rather than close its doors, the nonprofit has taken a proactive stance by redirecting its efforts to serve and bring relief to local communities in need. The MASKrAID Campaign aims to fight health disparities in depressed areas.
‘We have always been champions of addressing health disparity and we think that MASKrAID will be a great opportunity for iconic individuals to come together and throw their mask in the ring in support of kids everywhere.’Isabelle Fox, Executive Director Mending Kids
Whilst we’re still learning about the coronavirus and the best ways to control and treat it, cloth face masks can be effective at capturing droplets (the main transmission route of the virus) with the Guardian noting that ‘some studies have estimated a roughly fivefold protection versus no barrier alone’.
And with designs like these, who wouldn’t want to be seen in a mask?
Head over to the Mending Kids MASKrAID Campaign to learn more and place your bid.