Spring & Summer launches ‘Hands of Hope’ for COVID-19 crisis
Spring & Summer’s CSR arm - ‘Hands of Hope’ recently launched a two-pronged strategy involving the manufacture and distribution of face masks, as well as the supply of daily essentials and protective gear, to aid the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project aims to help ease rising internal tensions within communities whilst partnering with industry titans to help uplift the country.
Spring & Summer is currently producing approximately 50,000 National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) certified, 2-ply reusable non-woven masks, tested and certified to have a bacterial filtration efficiency of 99.3% by Bureau Veritas.
The masks have been redesigned by the brand’s innovation department to offer better breathability and comfort for users using non-cancerous, non-allergic/ irritable and non-flammable materials.
Co-Founder, Spring & Summer Shyamalie Wijegunawardena, speaking about how her company came up with this unique idea, said “Over the past 25 years that we have been in the industry, we have built a great network to source all our materials from. As a result of this, we were able to understand and ascertain the right materials in order to produce the masks. It was just a matter of utilising the export standards we had implemented throughout our factories to meet the demand in the market.”
With aid from the Presidential Secretariat, Spring & Summer sourced, packed and delivered essential supply packs amounting to approximately Rs 500,000 to families in dire need; as well as donated 300 essential wear kits to the Matara Base Hospital
In addition, Spring & Summer partnered with Manusath Derana (Derana TV) to provide dry ration to those in rural areas.
Wijegunawardena said “Spring & Summer has above all valued the concept of family. At a time when our global community is facing economic and social struggles, it is important that we look inward and support our national “family” as a whole, continuing to create impactful change for all our members. All our efforts are part of a simple act that brought people together to support our most vulnerable communities during this difficult time.”
Due to possible shortages of adequate safety gear for both patients and medical professionals, Spring & Summer assembled and donated 500 surgical scrubs for the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital using fabric provided by hospital officials. In addition, the brand also donated 225 protective face masks and is considering diversifying into the production of protective gear for both local and international markets.