The Hand Medal Project
As the pandemic changed the world that we once knew, every day forced us to face new challenges and emotions. It took a global pandemic for me to truly appreciate the work that our frontline and healthcare workers do, putting their lives and the health of their families at risk in order to keep our communities safe. When I saw a story on the news about the Hands Medal Project, I knew immediately this was something I had to be involved in.
Starting in Argentina, the Hand Medal Project was created to bring jewellers together to saw pierce a specific hand design, attaching it to a pin and ribbon and packaging it in an envelope to distribute to hospitals across the globe.
Three thousand one hundred makers from 67 countries registered, each given a unique number to be imprinted on each hand created. This allows recipients of the ‘hands’ to trace it back to the maker. But this project certainly isn’t about the jeweller – it is about the receiver, the frontline workers.
We will soon see about 12,000 medals delivered to their recipients. It is a small token of gratitude, appreciation and a way that gives me an opportunity to say ‘Thank you’. The dedication our healthcare workers demonstrate during difficult times does not go unnoticed and I hope these hands will honour them in years to come.
Yuki Mathwin – Jeweller
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