Ford of South Africa has been producing COVID-19 face shields at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria for several months now, and has made over 260,000 of the critical pieces of personal protective equipment to date. Roughly 140,000 of those shields have been donated to the Department of Health to help frontline medical workers, essential services personnel, and critical non-governmental organizations.
Now, Ford of South Africa is looking to help the wide-ranging conservation and environmental projects backed by the Ford Wildlife Foundation (FWF), so it’s distributing 1,100 COVID-19 face shields to 25 partner organizations located across the region.
Some of these important partners include include the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), which specializes in African penguins and sea birds, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), which runs various projects on cheetahs and other carnivores, amphibians, as well as SA cranes and their wetland habitats, and BirdLife South Africa, which looks after threatened bird species.
Even in difficult times such as these, it’s important for these conservation groups to continue their critical work, and education programs are a big part of the process. By equipping FWF’s partners with face shields, it allows them to continue this work and interact with local community members while also minimizing their risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.
Since it was launched in 2014, Ford has also assisted the numerous Ford Wildlife Foundation partner organizations through the loan of Ford Ranger Double Cab 4x4s for a period of two years to ensure that they are able to carry out their work in even the most remote and hard-to-reach locations. A total of 25 Rangers are currently on loan, with 12 additional vehicles having been donated since 2014.