Last week, MotoPinas.com reported on motorcycle companies like Benelli, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing of America, Pirelli, as well as Ayala Corporation helping in the fight against coronavirus in their own way. Today, we're shedding the spotlight on someone some of you may know personally. His name is Jun Mirasol, of JM Mirasol Advertising, and he has pooled his resources to help our frontliners in the fight against coronavirus.
Jun Mirasol, or Kuya Jun to those who know him, owns a small shop in Valenzuela that fabricates advertising materials such as tents, banners, signboards, and even stages used at the Inside Racing Bike Festival and Trade Show (IRBF). JM Mirasol also fabricates some motorcycle parts like brackets, windshields, and decal sets for certain motorcycle models.
With many major motorcycle events postponed, yet with a lot of unused resources, he sought to help Filipino doctors in dire need of help in any way he could.
“Since the IRBF is postponed, I thought we might have materials to fabricate aerosol boxes,” he told MotoPinas.com through a phone interview.
Salvaging materials from some of the unfinished presenter booths that were supposed to be used for this year's IRBF, he began fabricating aerosol boxes. Aerosol boxes are clear plastic boxes used to reduce the exposure of medical professionals to droplets from coronavirus patients while intubating. The device was originally designed by Dr. Hsein Yung Lai, however, it is very easy to build and replicate.
Thanks to his team's expertise working with acrylic, they began experimenting with building prototypes. Almost immediately, his phone was flooded with calls from different hospitals asking for his help to supply these boxes.
“I became a bit emotional especially knowing that some of these boxes I made will be intended for the Children's Hospital, meaning that there are already children dying from the virus,” said Mirasol. He just hopes that people from the motorcycle industry and material suppliers can also lend a helping hand and join him in his efforts to build more aerosol boxes.
“We just need 5-millimeter or 6-millimeter clear acrylic plastic materials and we'll take care of the rest.”
It is a tough road ahead, he said, and his team will continue to make these boxes FREE OF CHARGE for as long as they can. It is just their way of saying “thank you” to our medical frontliners, he added in Filipino.
As of today, they have already fabricated 9 boxes that are already en route to different hospitals.