From luxury brands making hand sanitiser, tech giants making face masks and shields, to people volunteering their services for those in need, we really are all in this together. Melinda Looi, the President of Malaysian Official Designers Association (MODA) had a thought on how she could help and decided to rally her fellow designers to help make personal protective equipment (PPE) after encountering a photo of medical front liners having to sew their own PPEs.
Melinda set off to make these PPEs by first contacting an entrepreneur to get the materials to make the PPE gowns. She then sourced donors and in two days secured RM100,000 (S$32,748.31) in donations. In addition to designers, she also received support from home sewers to help make the PPE garments as well.
Collectively, Melinda aims to produce 80,000 to 100,000 pieces of PPE garments. She already has a hand full of designers and up to 200 home sewers contributing to this project. All completed garments so far have been sent to the Institute for Medical Research, Malaysia and Hospital Kuala Lumpur.
To raise more funds, MODA has teamed up with online fashion retailer, FashionValet. And has partnered with the Islamic Medical Association of Malaysia, Response & Relief Team (IMARET) to distribute the completed PPE garments with their network of hospitals.
If you’re interested in donating, you can contribute here.