Thursday, April 09, 2020

Aaron Hannon from Ballina is involved in an ambitious research project – the Keep Breathing Project – which is aiming to design and produce ventilators to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

An ambitious project involving Ballina student engineer and researcher, Aaron Hannon, which is geared at designing and producing ventilators to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic has received a major boost with a significant donation from local industry, Hollister.
The Western People reported on March 23 on the Keep Breathing project and associated GoFundMe fundraising account launched by Aaron on March 17. The campaign has generated a phenomenal response with over €146,000 donated as of this morning (Thursday), almost three times the original target of €50,000.
As well as contributions from the public, the Keep Breathing team has received welcome support from several medical device manufacturers including Hollister.
Aaron said he was hugely grateful for this backing from the Ballina-based industry which has always been very supportive of his entrepreneurial and engineering projects from as far back as 2015 when he was part of a St Murerdach’s College team that came second in the world finals of the F1 in Schools competition.
“The Keep Breathing team is delighted to be able to work with a credible medical device manufacturer like Hollister which will help to ensure that people will have confidence in our ventilator device,” said Aaron.
The practical and financial support from Hollister and other donors means the members of the Keep Breathing team can concentrate more of their efforts on researching and designing the ventilator and thereafter getting it manufactured and delivered to hospitals.
Donations are still being gratefully accepted and will help the team to expand their efforts to help stop the spread of Covid-19 to healthcare workers by incorporating unique design features in their ventilator. See https://ie.gofundme.com/f/keep-breathing-fund-emergency-covid19-ventilators to make your donation.
We’ll keep readers updated on the progress of Aaron and the team.

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