Speedo donates goggles to frontline medical staff

Monday, May 11, 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Throughout the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Sport Industry Group is using our Cutting Edge Sport section to highlight the innovations, initiatives and ingenuity of the sport industry as it aims to help solve the issue and save lives.

Speedo has donated 2,500 goggles, originally manufactured to be worn for swimming and triathlons, to be worn by frontline healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The brand says it has donated its Speedo Biofuse Rift Mask Goggles to SHIELD, a cooperative of charitable campaigns working to locate, create and distribute PPE to frontline health workers in the UK.

SHIELD will split the goggle donation across three distributor campaigns; Med Supply Drive UK, Heroes Support, and Contractors Appeal to ensure the goggles reach those most in need.

Rob Hicking, Brand Director, Speedo said: “We hope our goggle donation can help those frontline workers putting themselves at risk in order to protect us. They are our heroes and as a brand we want to do anything we can to support them. We are proud to see our international network of suppliers and partners adapting and coming together to join the fight to protect our frontline workers, worldwide.”

Speedo USA, meanwhile, has also donated 2,000 goggles to US hospital partners, via the Swim Across America organisation. In total 4,500 Speedo goggles have been supplied to frontline workers in the UK and USA to date, to help meet the growing demand for emergency PPE provision.