Vancouver Whitecaps clear million-dollar mark in mask sales in aquarium relief effort

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Vancouver Aquarium have cleared $1.2 million (Canadian) in sales in their partnership to sell high performance, co-branded face masks, with all net proceeds to benefit the aquarium during this critical period of need for the beloved civic landmark.

Purchases have come from every province in Canada, and two of three territories, as well as countries such as Austria, France, Japan, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, with more than 60,000 masks sold. The initiative was only announced last Friday.

Last week, Ocean Wise Conservation Association, which operates the Vancouver Aquarium, issued a call for urgent support as the educational, environmental, and conservation institution is in danger of permanent closure after closing their doors to the public in March to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The high-quality face masks sport special designs, drawing inspiration from the ’Caps crest and the Vancouver Aquarium. With a soft spun polyester lining close to the skin, it can be worn for long periods of time with no irritation and makes use of double needle stitched binding for comfort and durability. Performance-wicking and made with 100 per cent polyester, it also features white piping that gives a visual indication when it’s time to wash the face mask.

The face masks, which come in different sizes and designs, are available for order on the Vancouver Aquarium website by visiting vanaqua.org. Adult masks are available for $19.99 and kid's masks for $17.99 (Canadian), plus tax and shipping.

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