Pelalawan Schoolkids Provided with New Uniforms made from Locally Produced Viscose
The uniforms were distributed at a ceremony held at the Community Development Training Center of PT. Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper (PT. RAPP), a sister company of APR. The event was overseen by the Pelalawan Regent, M Harris and the Chairperson of Pelalawan, Hadi Sukemi DPRD.
Pelalawan District Head, H. M Harris, welcomed the donation of the uniforms and said the operations of APR were evidence of the potential for local industries in the Regency to thrive and compete globally.
“Not only does Pelalawan district operate a world-class paper mill, we now have a rayon mill with the capability to produce good quality viscose-rayon fibres used for garments. Everything from plantation to fashion originates here in Pelalawan. Pelalawan has entered the top 30 districts and cities that contribute to the national growth agenda,” he said.
A total of 1,290 uniforms were distributed across five elementary schools, namely: SDN 006 Sering; SDN 006 Simpang Perak Jaya; SDN 010 Pangkalan Kerinci; SDN 012 Lalang Kabung; SDN 014 Pangkalan Delik. The five schools are all located within the vicinity of the APR mill.
Wan Mohammad Jakh Anza, General Manager, PT. RAPP-APR Stakeholder Relations, said the sponsorship of school uniforms reflected APR’s commitment to support equitable access for children to good quality education.
“We want all children, regardless of background and class, to have access to life-long learning. This is why we are working with the district authorities to sponsor school uniforms for the children, providing uniforms made from breathable and light fabric, so students will be comfortable throughout the day,” he said.
The viscose-rayon fibre produced by APR comes from sustainably and responsibly managed plantations in Riau. It is processed into dissolving pulp, a raw material used to produce viscose-rayon fibre and further spun into textile products.
Aprilyanti, a teacher at SDN 012 Lalang Kabung, said: “We are very pleased to see these new uniforms distributed, and we hope to see this collaboration continue”.
APR hosted a gathering of 45 representatives from the Indonesian fashion industry in a roundtable celebrating the journey from sustainable fibre to fashion.