Conquer COVID-19

Coming Together to Conquer COVID-19

Students and Families Step Up

Many Crescent students and their families have launched personal initiatives to help people affected by the pandemic.

Here are some of the projects underway that show the compassion and responsibility that our Crescent community values.
  • Grade 11 students JT Zhang, Matton Xia, and Timothy Wang raised more than $14,000 with their GoFundMe page to purchase protective equipment for Scarborough Health Network.
  • Grade 10 student Christian Alloway is using his 3D printer to make lightweight protective visors that Project Northern Lights will distribute to health care workers. Each visor takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to print, and Christian is printing 6-7 a day. He has completed at least 45 face shields to date.
  • Grade 8 student Yusef Lum is helping to raise money for an initiative to make 10,000 protective visors for frontline healthcare works at Michael Garron Hospital.
  • Grade 12 student Tristan Sharma raised nearly $7,000 to help families who live in subsidized housing in his neighbourhood. He is purchasing groceries for approximately 50 families who are struggling to put food on the table.
  • Jeannie Clark (mother of Grade 5 student Liam Milardi) raised more than $2,000 for the Daily Bread Food Bank, to help the growing number of people who can no longer make ends meet due to the financial impact of the pandemic.
  • Grade 9 student Luke Hilborn and his sister baked and delivered dozens of cookies and muffins to the Church of Saint Stephen-In-The-Fields, which provides food for homeless people.
  • Grade 11 student Ryan Rakusin distributed e-cards to bring cheerful messages to residents of seniors’s homes in Toronto.
  • Grade 9 student Shay Kothari and his mother gave masks and gloves to people in their community so they can go out and shop safely.
  • Grade 8 student Connor MacMillan is collecting personal grooming and hygiene products to donate to the Seaton House shelter.
  • Crescent's Student Outreach Council members are gathering contributions of baked treats, juice boxes, sandwiches, snacks and fruit and delivering them to downtown shelters.
  • A group of Upper School students launched the Marathon For Medics fundraiser to support Sunnybrook Hospital
  • Crescent parents Claire Chen and Kevin Teng (a member of the Board of Governors) donated 2,000 PPE masks to Conquer COVID-19

Alumni Respond To The COVID-19 Crisis 

Many in Crescent’s alumni brotherhood are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some of the alumni who are making a difference. (Watch for more stories like these in our special issue of Past & Present, coming in Summer 2020.)
  • Thomas Herring ’16 was featured on CTV News for his work with a Rice University engineering team that's designing COVID-19 ventilators. 
  • Alumnus Michael Carrier ’08 is making a difference in the pandemic with his GiveAMask initiative. For every mask sold, one mask will be donated to people in need throughout Ontario.
  • Michael Yan ’05, Jonathan Norris ’07, David Phillips ’04, Aaron Glazer ’02, Cobi Druxerman ’02 and Andrew Norris ’03 are using their robotics skills for the COVID Box project, designing protective intubation boxes for COVID-19 patients. 
  • Dr. Michael Warner ’96, medical director of critical care at Michael Garron Hospital, has been a frequent media guest in reports about the impact of COVID-19. Watch his recent interview with Evan Solomon ’87 on CTV's Question Period.
  • Ryley Mehta ’16 is involved in the GIFTForward initiative to help restaurants stay afloat during COVID-19 closures.
  • Dr. Kieran Quinn ’01 wrote a Toronto Star article about the positive “caremongering” response to the pandemic.
  • Gerald Chan ’99 wrote a Toronto Star article about fighting the anti-Asian prejudice that has emerged during the pandemic.
  • Gabriel Leung ’90, Infection Disease Epidemiologist and Dean of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, wrote a New York Times column about the importance of our social distancing efforts.
  • Basil Demeroutis ’87 wrote an article in Property Week about how the pandemic is an opportunity to refocus on the importance of family, friends and health.

Crescent Endorses Two Organizations Making A Difference In the Pandemic

Crescent School encourages families looking for ways to contribute in the fight against COVID-19 to direct their support towards two local organizations. “We’ve chosen these organizations because they offer opportunities to make a direct impact through established entities, allowing our contributions to be part of a larger effort to make a difference,” says Sheryl Murray, Crescent's Director of Outreach. ensures that frontline healthcare workers have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) needed to keep them safe and prevent spread of the virus. Conquer COVID-19 coordinates efforts between those who need equipment, those who have supplies and those able to donate money. With each financial donation, 100% goes to acquiring supplies and all financial donations receive a charitable tax receipt.
The Salvation Army is collecting cash and food donations to ensure that food and basic necessities are available at food banks, shelters and meal programs across the GTA. These services are responding to an increased demand to help people affected by layoffs and illness during the pandemic. Crescent has a long tradition of partnering with the Salvation Army through our annual Holiday Toy & Food Drive.