27 / APRIL / 2020

The Good News Monday

The second edition of Good News Monday is focused on unity and everybody working together to fight the current pandemic. It doesn't matter if the help is money donations, smile initiators or medical equipment, it all counts!

Romanian communities and small businesses helping

From the moment Romania had its first case of coronavirus, many big companies and corporations made generous donations for medical equipment (see list here).

Aware that the medical system will not be able to face such a crisis, many Romanian small businesses reoriented to give a helping hand, changing their products overnight, starting to make anything and everything that would support the fight against the pandemic.

You can see some of the great initiatives from Modulab, H3 & Kaustik, Atelierul de Panza and Marele Print in the gallery above.

Music Helping

Musicians and the music industry are heavily affected by the pandemic, they were hit first and probably will be the last to recover financially. Even so, music has always had a higher meaning than money, it managed to prevail after darker times and it has been a beacon of hope for humanity keeping spirits up and souls united

This pandemic is no different and even though many musicians are suffering greatly during these times, some musicians who have been luckier up to now, have set up fundraising concerts and gigs online.

Lady Gaga managed to raise 35$ Million with the virtual festival she managed called One World Together at Home, while Elton John managed to raise 10$ Million with the concert he hosted, iHeart Living Room Concert For America.

Let’s not forget about all the great free concerts created by artists to ease peoples’ lock-down period.

Art Helping

Nonprofit group Fine Acts, a collective of activists and creatives, started the daily project called Spring of Hope, where they post an uplifting illustrator commissioned especially for the project.

“Today, more than anything, humanity needs hope. And art is the most powerful way to nurture it,” said Yana Buhrer Tavanier, co-founder and director of Fine Acts, “That’s why 50 artists from 20 countries around the world teamed up on a global art campaign on hope.”

Look through the slideshow to see the recently posted pieces of art. 

Dogs Helping

For quite a while now dogs have helped us with their sniffing tools, scouting for narcotics, explosives, pests and even cancer and Parkinson’s, so the medical charity Medical Detection Dogs have set off to try and train dogs to sniff out the corona virus in people.

“The aim is that dogs will be able to screen anyone, including those who are asymptomatic and tell us whether they need to be tested.  This would be fast, effective and non-invasive and make sure the limited NHS testing resources are only used where they are really needed,” writes Guest on the Medical Detection Dogs website.

“We know that other respiratory diseases like COVID-19, change our body odor so there is a very high chance that dogs will be able to detect it. This new diagnostic tool could revolutionize our response to COVID-19 in the short term, but particularly in the months to come, and could be profoundly impactful.”

Old people helping

If you haven’t heard of Captain Tom Moore, we’re not sure what you’ve been reading this isolation period. The veteran originally aimed to raise just £1,000 for NHS Charities by completing laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

With the aid of a walking frame, he completed 100 laps of the 25-metre loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, in 10-lap chunks well before his birthday on 30 April.

He managed to raise £17 million in the end. Probably the most adorable 100 year old man right now.