Covid-19 Copper Cuff Fundraiser
Want to kill viruses and help creatives?
Since mid-March, we have become reacquainted with our love of copper and it's amazing antiviral qualities. Something that feels so timely in the era of Covid-19.
Copper is both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. “Heavy metals including gold and silver are antibacterial, but copper’s specific atomic makeup gives it extra killing power,” explains Bill Keevil, a microbiology researcher at University of Southampton (U.K.). as interviewed by Smithsonian Magazine in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.
There is also continued historical evidence of health benefits from this earth-made material, including European jewelers during the Cholera Epidemic having a far lower rate of sickness than the normal population. However, we want to be clear that this is not medical advice to replace that of CDC precautions. While these cuffs cannot protect you from getting sick, they can help you to hope, to believe and to know that it is possible to beat this thing.
“While these cuffs cannot protect you from getting sick, they can help you to hope, to believe and to know that it is possible to beat this thing.”
We have dedicated the last two months to creating copper pieces to help fund fellow Oklahoma creatives. Lydia Cheshewalla, an Osage artist, was one of the artists funded through the campaign, “The fundraiser helped me pay bills and buy groceries when I lost 100% income. The impact of that alone is huge.”
With amazing community support, we hit our direct-to-artist goal of $2500 within a week. So we decided to work with the Tulsa-based non-profit, Red Dirt Relief Fund, who offers aid to local musicians through these sales. While we realize the state is lowering it's social restrictions, it will still be awhile before musicians can play to live audiences. With that in mind, we want to continue to support these working music professionals as they shift the way they connect with the audiences that love them.
The cuffs have become a practical and stylish way for the Tulsa community and beyond to wear their support for artists and creatives throughout the pandemic. Shop Dillon/Rose copper creations and help support the heartland's artists and musicians.
Want more? Check out our YouTube video about the science of copper and information about the fundraiser!