To China, with Love
On Sunday, January 26, 2020, STEAM for All advisors made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 New Year’s Invitational, a mere three hours before the event was to start. Since 2007, the New Year’s Invitational and MATHCOUNTS Scrimmage has been one of STEAM for All’s signature events, attracting hundreds of middle schoolers annually. While this free event continues to grow in popularity, operating it entails facing a multitude of hurdles. From securing venues to perfecting logistics, we have repeatedly – without skipping a year – weathered every challenge for the sake of upholding this meaningful tradition.
But, word from the OC Health Care Agency of the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Orange County came during the wee hours of January 26 and disrupted everyone’s plans. After arduous debate, we decided to cancel the event for the first time in STEAM for All’s history. Consequently, we suspended all STEAM for All activities in the following weeks to protect the safety of the public and our community.
Although the world is still facing the threat of this virus, we have used this time to learn and reflect on this experience. Besides educating the general public about good health habits, we hope that people also learn to love and support each other. It is during difficult times when we face hardships that people come together and are strengthened. This virus is a foe that all of humankind is facing together as a global community.
In the spirit of humanity, STEAM for All is launching “To China, with Love”, a fundraiser to directly support the country and people most affected by the virus. We call for your support in this effort! We will be accepting donations both online and at all our events. 100% of the proceeds will be sent directly to Hubei Provincial Hospital in Wuhan, China for the coronavirus relief effort.
Thank you for your support and compassion. Together, we stay strong — and healthy.
STEAM for All Board