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5000 face masks in one week

Janne: ‘Five thousand face masks in one week – that was my target and we did it! When I heard that a GP needed face masks I quickly went to get a 300-metre roll of material at a wholesaler and started making face masks in my studio. Fortunately, my inbox exploded almost immediately with the amount of people that wanted to help. My brother took material to those that were helping with sewing and my wife answered all the telephone calls. Yes, at first I worked from 9 o’clock in the morning until 1 o’clock at night. Luckily I am used to large orders. All face masks were taken free of charge to the various organisations in Amsterdam, including shelters for the homeless, hospices, care for the disabled and nursing homes, and psychiatric institutions. ‘You are bringing gold’, mental healthcare workers were telling us. Personally, I don’t consider what I was doing as anything special. It just seems obvious to offer my help. Wouldn’t everyone want to do the same? It also gave me lots of energy.’

Vrijwilligers Centrale Amsterdam (Volunteer Centre Amsterdam) / Photo by: Sake Rijpkema

by Vrijwilligers Centrale Amsterdam / Photo by: Sake Rijpkema


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