Canada’s Cory Joseph is doing his part to help health-care personnel battling the COVID-19 pandemic in his home country.
The Sacramento Kings guard and his family are donating face shields via the Operation Canadian Shield fundraising venture to help protect thousands of front-line workers in Toronto hospitals. Joseph is from nearby by Pickering, Ont., and spent two seasons playing for the Toronto Raptors (2015-17).
Joseph has teamed up with fellow Canadian Roy Rana — the Kings’ chief of staff and assistant coach — as well as Frontier, the Sunnybrook Foundation and the University Health Network to co-ordinate the effort.
“It is heartbreaking to witness the effects of this pandemic around the world, so I wanted to do my part to help where I grew up,” said Joseph in a press release.
“The courageous work of the hospital community is admirable, and it is important to help protect them. I look forward to providing support in Toronto along with upcoming community efforts throughout Canada and Sacramento as we fight this virus together.”
Rana said he was inspired by Joseph’s leadership in spearheading the donation.
“I am honoured to help him aid these health-care heroes back home while they put their lives on the line to save others,” said Rana.
Operation Canadian Shield raises funds to provide and distribute shields free of charge to the health-care community.