(See original article at Jenman African Safari)
As the rain came down, groups of five and six huddled in the doorway of Moe’s Southwestern Grill on Tuesday night waiting to order food to help Shenendehowa’s International Service Club raise money for the Invisible Children Organization.
The ISC is an 100% service-based club, according to the club’s Facebook page, where members raise their own money and then decide on which organizations to send it to. Founder and club President Chelsea Davis based it off the ONE Campaign, an organization that fights against poverty and disease especially in countries like Africa. Harris said between 15 to 20 students attend each meeting and that at least 40 people have participated in the club in some way.
The event at Moe’s was the group’s third fundraiser. Prior events include a fundraiser for the The Iliso Care Society, a project that offers resources and gives hope to the families and children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, a shoe drive and a raffle to win Dave Matthews Tickets. But clearly, this event was their most attended by far.
“I thought that the fundraiser was a huge success,” Christina Catanzaro, a senior and the club’s secretary, said. “Honestly, I was surprised that that many people came out to show their support.
Though the International Service Club is relatively new, Harris and Davis have worked really hard to get the club to where it is today.
“Chelsea and I started the club about a year ago. Even though we hit many roadblocks at first, we’ve had a lot of support from our peers and teachers. Eventually we found our club advisor, Mr. Wyngowski, and he was able to make our club official and effective,” Harris said.
“I basically help Chelsea to oversee our activities and run meetings. We organize people to set up fundraisers and do some planning, advertising and running fundraisers ourselves. ISC meets every other Wednesday and during our meetings we brainstorm ideas and discuss fundraisers. From there, members volunteer for certain tasks in order to carry out our fundraising plans. We get a lot of enthusiasm from members, and I love it!”
The club is already planning its next fundraiser for the month of December, which is AIDS Awareness Month.
“We plan to sell bracelets from the ONE Campaign on order to spread awareness about the horrible AIDS epidemic in Africa. Our goal is to make these bracelets a trend and get people educated on the extent of which this disease is affecting millions of families,” described Harris.