Keychains in support of our front-line medical workers.
I was inspired to make these keychains for my own loved ones that are serving on the front lines in this Covid-19 pandemic. Not because they are doing such an amazing job in the face of this adversity (which they are), but because they always do such an amazing job. They’re so critical to society, they deserve a daily reminder of how important they are.
What medical workers need
But really, they deserve so much more than that. People like my sister, who is an ICU nurse, deserve adequate workplace safety measures. That means that they deserve proper PPE (personal protective equipment) for every situation they are in. They deserve appropriate staffing levels to ensure they can do their job safely and effectively. They deserve access to the proper equipment to do their job.
They deserve adequate funding. Not having these things affects their own health and wellbeing, both physical and mental, and, of course, their patients’ chances of recovery. Underfunding healthcare and the medical community costs lives.
Please note that this is not a partisan political statement. The lives and safety of citizens should never be politicized. If your politicians say differently, it’s time to demand better.
These keychains, as small a gesture as they are, are meant to not only show support to our incredible frontline workers, but to help aid the response to the current crisis. They are listed at $7.50 CAD – 100% of which will be donated to the WHO Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund. I will ship them anywhere in the world in an envelope with a handmade card and will include a personal note from you at no extra charge. The exact design of the card will vary, but examples are displayed in the product images. Keychains will be protected in a faux velvet pouch (while supplies last). If you have loved ones that put themselves at risk on the front lines every day, send them a reminder of how much they mean to the world while funding critical response efforts.
There are two design types available: one specific to Emergency Medical Service workers with the Star of Life symbol, and one more broadly medical featuring the Rod of Asclepius, perfect for doctors, nurses, and other medical staff that care for patients. The Star of Life is used in many countries around the globe to signify EMS, the copy used here is courtesy of user Verdy P on Wikimedia commons as public domain. The Rod of Asclepius is a symbol from Greek mythology representing health and medicine, and is often used in decals for medical associations; the work included here is courtesy of user Thomas Shafee on Wikimedia commons as public domain.
They have a slightly distressed look to them. I designed them to be a classy and understated presence on any keychain or bag.
Multiple variations are available (e.g. in different metals or shapes) with stock changing constantly. Due to cure times, keychains that are backordered will take me 1 week to finish. If you would like a variety that is not listed or available for backorder, or you would like one customized, you can contact me at [email protected] to discuss options. Each one is hand made and as such may contain variations or imperfections.
The WHO Fund
If you haven’t kept up to date on the World Health Organization’s response, they are doing absolutely amazing things. They are delivering critically needed supplies, equipment, and training to 130 countries around the world. They are also funding critical research. Additional funding is needed to continue their efforts. Check their website to learn more about their efforts or make a direct donation.