Around 400 individuals from the fashion industry have volunteered to create personal protective equipment (PPEs) for health workers and frontliners to aid in the fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
London-based designer Mich Dulce initiated the project by posting a call for volunteers on her Instagram. It started by simply having some spare fabric she realized could be used to create protective gear.
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I forgot to share a post that makes me happy yesterday because I was so busy but here's what it is today — I woke up to our group having close to 400 volunteers to sew protective suits for our frontliners! Thank you @previewph for sharing! Now we have more makers than material so I am posting this call for donations. I urge everyone to centralise donations via Cynthia @chynchong for distribution to volunteers rather than go to individual makers so that we can account all donations and be completely transparent about how it is used and each maker will be accountable for fabric we receive. I will be uploading the pattern for the suit tomorrow. Please be patient with us while me make the tech pack accurate and detailed. Please do not DM anymore as I am getting flooded, the best thing to do is join the Facebook group Manila Protective Gear Sewing Club as we will be posting all information and allocation very soon. Thank you all for your generosity!!!!
After an outpour of support from friends and followers, it became obvious that the project could benefit so many more people than what was originally envisioned. Through the coordination of Cynthia Diaz, they are now aiming for an initial production of 300 PPEs, masks, and other medical needs.
“Our initial PPE stocks are in blue, green, white, pink and beige colors and they can be worn one time only,” Diaz said. “We hope we can work with a donated fabric that can be washed and re-used.”
Steph Lim, Patrice Ramos Diaz, Rajo Laurel, Patty Ang, and Puey Quinones are just some notable names who have committed to the project. Celebrities like KC Concepcion and Sarah Lahbati are also in support of this.
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