INTO come together to fight Coronavirus outbreak

INTO Giving has made a £20,000/ $24,000 donation to charities working on COVID-19 research and relief. As the …

INTO come together to fight Coronavirus outbreak

03 Apr 2020

INTO Giving has made a £20,000/ $24,000 donation to charities working on COVID-19 research and relief. As the rest of the world now begins it’s fight against COVID-19, we recap on the appeal INTO Giving ran for the initial outbreak in China.

The knock-on effects of the viral outbreak in China were astronomical. In attempts to help control the spread of the virus the Chinese government introduced travel restrictions, quarantines and asked citizens to limit the time they spend outside their homes- affecting over 170 million people. The virus caused shutdowns in industry, in Wuhan, and across many other regions of China as the virus continued to spread. As well as the immediate health concerns, people were unable to go to work, unable to access local amenities, and the production of protective clothing was severely affected.

Items such as medical masks, disposable gloves, and disinfectant are all essential in limiting the spread of the virus and allowing medical professionals to treat those infected without fear of contracting COVID-19 themselves. At the height of the initial outbreak in China- seeing the desperate need for fast and decisive action, former INTO Oregon State University students formed the Galaxy Lake Project- an initiative aiming to bring much needed supplies to the Hubei province of China.

Whilst this amazing project was being set up, INTO employees and students were seeking a way to help with the Coronavirus outbreak. In light of this, INTO Giving begAnd you an an online fundraiser and donations from staff and students came flooding in. The overwhelming support of the extended INTO network was truly inspirational and is really a testament to the spirit of the INTO Family. Staff at INTO OSU got in contact to inform us about the remarkable work being done by the Galaxy Hubei project. We are proud to confirm that funds totalling £3,700/$4,300 have been sent to this project, so they can expand operations and ensure more equipment can be sent to hospitals, schools, and medical centres. We would like to thank each and every person who has donated to this cause, know that the money you have sent will make a vital difference to the lives of many people.

Yiheng Zhao, Siyuan Wang, Haiyi Li and Ruiqi Zhu, all of whom graduated from INTO OSU, began this project on 29th January when they successfully dispatched their first batch of aid to a hospital. Working with donations from the public, charities, and international supporters the Galaxy Hubei project was able to source materials and deliver them to hospitals in need. To date they have donated over $15,691 worth of materials including 202,000 disposable medical gloves, 134 boxes of disinfection powder and 420 bottles of hand sanitizer to 24 hospitals. Being a newly started project on the frontline of the outbreak, they are able to assess the situation daily, adjust what is needed, and deliver it swiftly and efficiently. This is not always easy, with factories and suppliers being limited. Despite this, due to the outstanding efforts of the project leaders, deliveries are still being made and the project goes from strength to strength.

* photo courtesy of Julian Wan