As COVID-19 continues to spread across the globe, the health and lives of our Filipino Doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and hospital staff face the hazard of infection everyday. And not to mention the extensive working hours at the hospital, these people are experiencing a lot of exhaustion and psychological turmoil. Virus-stricken patients, on the other hand, have limited contact with their families, and being away from loved ones can really be lonesome.
If there’s one thing that keeps them going: it’s the overflowing support of families, friends, and even strangers.
To show compassion for COVID-19 patients and gratitude for frontliners, online design platform Canva encouraged netizens to show their support by simply designing a motivational card using pre-made Canva templates. In response, different groups and individuals have shared their messages to our frontline heroes and COVID-19 patients. The Filipinos’ trait of bayanihan is indeed in action even online.
“At a time when the country is facing multiple restrictions, it’s more important than ever to reach out to those in isolation. It’s incredibly motivating to see so many people step up to demonstrate compassion, something I hope will continue once COVID-19 is eradicated. We’re putting people first, which in turn provides stability and psychological safety in the community – the key to all of us winning the war on an invisible, yet shared, enemy,” shared Yani Hornilla-Donato, Canva Manila, Country Manager.
Canva sent over 4,000 motivational cards and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations to hospitals around Metro Manila to applaud the sacrifice and dedication of the healthcare workers, and to show support to COVID-19 patients.