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It began back in March, when a Westmeath couple, Vivian and Anthony Cafferty, decided that something needed to be done about the serious lack of masks and gloves in Ireland as Covid-19 arrived.

And so, they began their Taiwan Can Help campaign, raising funds as they began to search the globe for that suddenly-rare PPE.

Since then, and with the help of Ireland’s large Taiwanese community, face masks, gloves, coveralls, goggles and infrared foreheard thermometers have been delivered to nursing homes and frontline staff in Cavan, Clare, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Limerick, Sligo and Westmeath.

Today, it was Wicklow’s turn, as Willy and James from the Greystones branch of The Red Cross took a delivery of PPE from two of the Taiwan Ireland Association’s leading lights, chairman Dr Angel Cheng and local lass Evan Furlong. Evan’s Dublin School Mandarin Chinese classes have been a big part of Greystones for many years.

Also present today was local councillor Mags Crean, for what turned out to be the campaign’s very last delivery.

“It’s been wonderful, seeing everyone pull together,” said Dr. Cheng. “There was a lot of planning involved, not only sourcing the masks and gloves, etc, but also getting them to Ireland, and then to the people who needed them. We were amazed at how, at every step of the way, people all over the country just stepped up and helped make all of this happen.

“It’s been a very heartening experience for everyone involved, from Vivian and Anthony coming up with the idea to making the final delivery here today, in Greystones…”