Coronavirus: Website launched to help people donate in Waterloo region, Guelph

Coronavirus: Website launched to help people donate in Waterloo region, Guelph

With that in mind, a group of doctors in the area have launched a website called , which will allow people to lend a hand.

The effort is being spearheaded by Dr. Sarah Rinaldi, who practices in New Hamburg, Ont., and Dr. Sharon Bal, who practices in Cambridge, Ont.

Rinaldi said it was born from hearing stories of people in the community looking to lend a hand.

“I’m a member of a bunch of social groups of physicians and every day I was just seeing more and more posts saying, ‘I have a friend who has a 3D printer and they’re looking to get involved’ or ‘I know this person in the community, they have boxes of masks or gloves. How can we donate them?’”

Managing finances amid the coronavirus outbreak

Managing finances amid the coronavirus outbreak

You know, I think people really want to help in the community and they’re just kind of yearning for the direction on how they can actually do this,” Rinaldi said.

Rinaldi said doctors are doing their best to treat patients online and over the phone but in some cases, they have no choice but to wear protective equipment for an in-person consultation. This will cause them to burn through limited supplies fast, which is why they are hoping for assistance.

“If we’re changing this equipment with every single patient, we’re going to run out in about one week,” she said. “So we did a survey and found that about 50 per cent of clinics in this area will run out in about a week.

“We want to be able to keep helping. This is why we all went into medicine in the first place.”

Trending Stories was launched less than a week ago and Rinaldi said it quickly garnered support.

“I’ve really been humbled by the response,” Rinaldi said. “Within a few hours we had, you know, over 30 emails coming in with people saying, ‘how can I help?’”
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