South African-Canadian Khadija Cajee is co-founder of Canada’s “Conquer COVID-19”
June 14, 2021
Khadija Cajee, originally from South Africa, co-founded a volunteer organization called Conquer COVID-19 with her husband Sulemaan Ahmed. They delivered more than 3 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals, homeless shelters and community organizations across Canada.
Conquer COVID-19 grew from 6 friends with an idea to 120 volunteers at its peak. Conquer COVID-19 has raised over $2.38 million for the cause.
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Sulemaan, Khadija and four of their friends formed ConquerCovid-19 and using their business connections ( Executive Training with ServoAnnex) asked companies who had PPE to donate them to health care providers. Almost immediately, their friends and their friend’s children volunteered to help out (with apologies there are too many to list). The organization grew steadily and quickly.
According to Khadija Cajee, for the first 5 months of the pandemic, the Conquer COVID-19 team worked non-stop to get more than 3 million pieces of PPE into the hands of frontline health-care workers and vulnerable communities. The PPE was distributed to over 410 sites including hospitals, community care centres, long-term care facilities and shelters.
Khadija worked tirelessly to help thousands and thousands of people, complete strangers, people she didn’t know, and she did so without asking for anything. She did it voluntarily. Her commitment was inspiring.
VIDEO: Getting personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health-care workers and vulnerable communities
Today, Conquer COVID-19 is comprised of physicians, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and other volunteers who are working together to ensure frontline workers responsible for the health and wellbeing of Canadians have access to the resources they need during the ongoing pandemic. Conquer COVID-19’s current initiative supports the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.