Donating PPE by Kart

PRO Racing Ontario and Daniel Demaras have been hard at work since March making hand-sewn masks (for the #MGH1000masks challenge) and 3D printing emergency face shields and ear-savers (for #thePPEdrive). Healthcare workers down the street are working round the clock to protect the community, but these initiatives have allowed anyone to help out while staying safe. This week, Daniel Demaras dusted off his PRO racing kart and drove it though the streets of East York to rapidly deliver the latest batch of PPE to Michael Garron Hospital on Coxwell Avenue.

The worldwide shortage of PPE caught many Canadians by surprise. Our reliance on foreign-sourced PPE left the nation at the mercy of others. It’s been encouraging to see that many local manufacturers have re-tooled to make masks, shields, goggles and gloves.

But if there’s a positive that has come out of the pandemic, it’s the level of local support hospitals have received. After a call-out to the public to donate PPE, Michael Garron Hospital was able to reach its target of 10,000 3D printed emergency face shields …all community made and donated.

The race to help healthcare heroes isn’t over! Anyone can help create and donate PPE for local hospitals. To learn how, visit

1000 Masks

Lots of racers are posting pictures of how bored they are at home, under quarantine. Demaras Racing decided to take that stoic image and use it for a good cause.

Demaras Racing has been 3D printing emergency face shields with Darryl Timmers and Curtis Fox from PRO. All the PPE has been donated to Michael Garron Hospital in East York. But there’s more work to do.

Right now, racers can’t race. But we also can’t just sit around while front-line health care workers fight the virus alone. They need our support! After gathering resources (fabric, elastic, a sewing machine, etc.) Demaras Racing started making non-surgical masks for donation. Anyone can do it!

There is a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment. To keep our communities healthy and safe, hospitals are asking the public to make 1,000 masks a week. Click the link to learn how you can help.

Michael Garron Hospital is promoting a simple 2-ply, pleated mask design. Along with standard sewing supplies (sewing machine, measuring tape, etc.), all that’s needed is:

  1. Dark-coloured polyester fabric for the outside of the mask
  2. Light-coloured 100% cotton for the part of the mask that goes against the skin
  3. Elastic for ear loops (if elastic is not available, cloth ties can be used)

Michael Garron Hospital will distribute masks to hospital visitors, discharged patients, and the broader Toronto community to help prevent disease transmission.