Manufacturing Masks with Pantect
Pantect, created by Philip Han ’21, has been fundraising for the manufacture of masks in Korea and ships them to frontline workers and civilians around the East Coast.
Pantect, created by Philip Han ’21, has been fundraising for the manufacture of masks in Korea and ships them to frontline workers and civilians around the East Coast. Pantect has already delivered 2,000 masks to three communities around the East Coast: Trenton, NJ, Concord, MA, and Lakeville, CT; for the next shipment, the team aims to target the broader Mercer County area. Team member Kylan Tatum ’21 has been in contact with local nonprofits about distributing the masks once they arrive in New Jersey.
When Han returned home to Seoul, South Korea, he found that the widespread mandate to wear masks not only helped Korea in its fight against coronavirus but also became a symbol of “communal effort, generosity, and conviction beyond its surface benefits.” When he realized that the United States lacked such personal protective equipment, Han wanted to recreate the same hopeful sentiment he saw in Korea, which inspired him to create Pantect.
The goal of Pantect is to “raise awareness of the benefits of mask usage, to rally behind our heroes who are putting themselves at risk for our safety, and to help those in our communities in more challenging socioeconomic situations,” Han explained.
Since Pantect’s founding, Han has organized a 15 person team to handle the project’s operations, 14 of which are Lawrenceville students. The team is split into four primary divisions: Stories, Feed, Communications and Marketing, and Graphics.
The Stories team consists of III Formers Michael Fessler, Londyn Harris, and Jacob Lee and is responsible for creating and resharing content about masks as well as updating the public on the general progression of the pandemic on the Pantect Instagram Story. Harris has enjoyed having the opportunity “to give back to those who have always taken care of our safety and health in the greater [New Jersey] community,” she said.
The Feed team, consisting of Sabrina Yeung ’22 and Conor Alt ’21, manages all the content that is posted to the organization’s Instagram account. Alt joined the team because “[he] had read so many news stories about shortages of protective equipment and felt that [he] needed to do something to help.”
IV Formers Mac Dilatush, Dylan Kerrane, Nolan Lee, and Ryan Zhang as well as IInd Former Jack Patel make up the Communications and Marketing team. They have been reaching out to Lawrenceville alumni and influencers to expand Pantect’s reach. When asked about why he joined the organization, Graphics team member Brian Tan ’21 commented that he is “glad to be a part of this global collaborative effort to combat the virus through education and altruism.”
The team has been fundraising through GoFundMe to raise its goal of $5,000 and is in the process of constructing an official website. When asked what the Lawrenceville community could do for the project, Han said “I urge you, on behalf of [the] determined high school students working with me, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 for our loved ones, our most vulnerable, and our country.”