Help protect our medical and emergency front-line heroes with the PPE they so desperately need.
Our medical and emergency responders are facing COVID-19 head on, and they need our help!
ShieldsUp are an organisation started from the urgent outcry from our medical and emergency community to help service the lack of PPE as they faced COVID-19, often without the protective equipment they needed to keep themselves safe.
We are a collective of volunteers, using 3D printing, laser-cutting and manufacturing technologies to produce face shields to help protect our brave front-line. In less than ten days, we became a team of over 200 volunteers, printing and distributing thousands of shields to our medical & emergency community. Less than ten days in and we had requests for over 25,000 units and this number is growing by the day.
Medical facilities are facing shortage on a global scale, and demand for personal protection items is huge. Advised by our local District Health Boards and backed with support from many doctors and medical staff, our community is currently producing wearable face shields as quickly as possible to satisfy current demand. We are also on standby to start producing other life saving equipment such as ventilators should we be advised and approved to do so.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! We need funding for the raw materials required to protect as many of our front-line as possible.
Funding will be handled by an existing charity TAP LAB Incorporated, a West Auckland based entity already in the maker space. Funds will be used to provide any pledged makers with the required materials to manufacture the necessary items, as well as fund all the logistical aspects of distribution. Any surplus funding will be donated back to families affected by the impacts of COVID-19.
If you are a medical professional or know of medical professional who could be in need, please have them submit a request for some Shields Up, via this form: https://shieldsup.org.nz/request-face-shields/ THIS IS FOR MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS ONLY, WE ARE UNABLE TO SUPPLY ANY PERSONAL USE CASES UNTIL OUR FRONT-LINE WORKERS NEEDS ARE MET.
WANT TO HELP?
If you have access to, or own a 3D printer, laser cutter capable of cutting thin sheet plastics or CNC routing equipment capable of machining acrylic or similar, and would like to take part in this manufacturing movement, or have admin, logistics, comms or any other skills or just a desire to help, please head to https://shieldsup.org.nz/volunteer-to-help/. There's a huge amount of work to do and we'd love to have you onboard!
For more information about this project please visit our dedicated website: https://shieldsup.org.nz/
Numbers Update 31/03/2020
Built a webapp to connect medical staff in need to a local maker
Secured supply of clear shields and had 9,000 cut
Setup main hubs in regions to expedite comms and distribution to 3d Printers
Delivered over 2,000 shields to the community
Built a wiki
Grew to 742 makers and 22,000 requests from medical professionals for face shields
Implemented a safety team to check we're taking correct steps on sterilization.
A group of like minded makers (3d printing/laser cutting enthusiasts) scattered around New Zealand dedicated to providing alternative manufacturing medical equipment during global shortage.
Funding will be used to support the nationwide maker community network with materials necessary for making urgently required medical equipment, and the logistics costs to distribute these items to needed medical workers and hospitals around NZ.
Another 6,000 shields delivered - in just seven days!! 21 April 2020
It's truly staggering how our community has come together to support our medical and emergency heroes, including you, our most generous donors.
Just seven days ago we were so proud to update you that we had delivered over 7,000 shields across the country.
We are now even more proud to update you we have delivered over 13,000 shields and counting! It is your generous support that is allowing us to continue our work, and as we look to move to alert level three, even more organisations are reaching out as they look to protect their staff.
We are truly grateful for your support and sincerely hope that our need, and yours, will soon be eliminated in our country.
But for now, through you, we continue to fight the good fight.
Nga mihi, kia kaha - we are starting to see the light!