• Aaron Hannon

Creative Teams Come Together to Support #KeepBreathing

CRT would like to issue a statement to donors and supporters regarding plans for technical updates, the status of the fundraiser, and to raise awareness of several creative awareness campaigns.

Last week, we smashed our funding target due to the overwhelming generosity of you, our donors. We have made the decision to keep the fundraiser open. The resources we have already gratefully received will allow us to greatly accelerate our R&D process and finance an initial production run. Having team members based in intensive care units around the country, we are becoming aware of needs in preventing healthcare workers from becoming infected with COVID19. While we are prioritising getting ventilators to where they are crucially needed, we are beginning to look into allocating additional resources to tackling this infection control issue. This will allow us to assist in protecting our frontline healthcare staff so that they can continue to carry out their most important work.

Our R&D team is continuing to work around the clock to develop ventilator prototypes for clinical assessment from our bases in both Galway and Limerick.

Over the past week, CRT have been contacted by several creative groups who are working to support our fundraiser. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank them and share their fantastic initiatives:

CUT4COVID is a creative initiative set up by a group from Kilkenny to raise funds for the Keep Breathing campaign. Participants shave their heads, post a before and after photo on various social media platforms and request donations to be sent to CRT. "Our main goal is to provide people with relieve through humour in these challenging, bleak times while donating money to a good cause" explained Jack McDonald. They want to encourage anyone who is "brave enough" to join the CUT4COVID movement.

Hidden Pianos is a concert series run by Maire Carroll. There was due to be a live performance in the Museum of Literature on Friday 27th of March however this was adapted to a virtual concert which was live streamed. Instead of asking for a performance fee, they asked the viewing audience to donate to our project - raising an incredible 2,000. We are extremely grateful and humbled by their generosity and determination to perform.

Danceworld (based across Mayo and Galway) have launched an online campaign to get families active and creative. Families are asked to video themselves performing to Ireland's call and publish these videos on social media platforms and make an accompanying donation to Keep Breathing. We're really impressed by the ingenuity of the participating families and look forward to seeing more of these videos. Search the videos online with the campaign name "Stand Tall and Answer Ireland's Call".

ENIBAS Jewellery company Skull Co. Cork have designed a charm inscribed with "Our life, our journey" representing the need to come together as a nation to overcome the COVID 19 situation. They are donating 10% of RRP of products sold to our fundraiser to build emergency ventilators.

Drawing for Ventilators: Send your donation receipt to to receive a free cartoon portrait from Harry Burton or a free pattern with your name included from Emily Kouri. See @HBtoons on Twitter for more.

Dóchas is a group of children from Dublin and Mayo between 5 and 12 years old who recorded beautiful Irish translations to songs from the Lion King. The group raised over €5,000.

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