SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Five high school juniors from Noor-Ul-Iman School, a private school in South Brunswick, have started a campaign to assist hospitals in the Central New Jersey area. The “Students Supporting Central Jersey” group was founded by Hiba Jamil, Anisah Mahmood, Simra Arshad, Hafsa Rahaman and Yasmeen Sakr to fund means of safe communications between COVID-19 patients and their families.

These students have started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to purchase ipads for hospitals so patients can communicate with loved ones and prevent spreading the virus. They also hope to purchase tablets for the staff and healthcare professionals so they can practice telemedicine and conduct virtual appointments.

 “One of the saddest realities of the coronavirus is that due to its highly infectious nature, COVID-19 patients are kept in complete isolation and often even pass away, without any contact with their loved ones,” the GoFundMe page reads, “We want to reach out to the Central Jersey community and those beyond, and give them the opportunity to donate to our fund dedicated towards the purchase of iPads for local hospitals.”

The students have been coordinating their donations with major hospitals in central New Jersey. Hospitals such as St. Peter’s University Hospital, Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center,and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital locations in Hamilton, Somerset, and New Brunswick. As of today, May 12th, the GoFundMe page has raised $5,250 with an end goal of $10,000. To donate to the Students Supporting Central Jersey, click here.