Hat­boro-hor­sham High School club host­ing fundraiser

Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Caitlin Burns

cburns@jour­nalregis­ter.com Club Wave Hat­boro-Hor­sham High School will host its first fundraiser to help peo­ple with eat­ing dis­or­ders. Club Wave will host a 5K run and walk in Hor­sham’s Car­pen­ter Park to raise money and aware­ness for the Na­tional Eat­ing Dis­or­der As­so­ci­a­tion April 13. Reg­is­tra­tion for the event will start at 9 a.m. and the run will be­gin around 10 a.m.

“We se­lected [NEDA] be­cause there were a few peo­ple the or­ga­ni­za­tion was per­son­ally im­por­tant to,” club Pres­i­dent and high school ju­nior Carly Fos­ter said. She said the club hopes to get 100 peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in the 5K. In or­der to par­tic­i­pate, run­ners and walk­ers must reg­is­ter and pay $25. Fos­ter said if the club has 100 peo­ple par­tic­i­pate, it can do­nate $2,500 to NEDA. “I want to start a rev­o­lu­tion of pos­i­tiv­ity to help in­di­vid­u­als find the road to re­cov­ery.”

Be­fore the run and walk start, Fos­ter said there will be a speaker from NEDA talk­ing about how the or­ga­ni­za­tion helps those suf­fer­ing from eat­ing dis­or­ders and how it changes lives. Ad­di­tion­ally, there will be mu­sic and booths for lo­cal busi­ness spon­sors.

Fos­ter said the club de­cided to do a 5K be­cause it was some­thing ev­ery mem­ber could par­tic­i­pate in and other lo­cal 5K events have been pop­u­lar.

“It’s some­thing all of us could con­trib­ute to,” Fos­ter said. “It’s coming to­gether well.”

The stu­dents of Club Wave have been plan­ning the 5K since the start of the school year, and Fos­ter said she hopes to make it an an­nual event to raise money for dif­fer­ent or­ga­niza- tions. While the group doesn’t have any­thing else planned for this school year, Fos­ter said the group hopes to do a fash­ion show to ben­e­fit spe­cial needs stu­dents.

Club Wave is an off-shoot of the Spark the Wave Pro­gram, which en­cour­ages teens to be in­volved with vol­un­teer work. Spark the Wave spon­sors Wave Week each sum­mer, which teaches stu­dents how to iden­tify needs in their com­mu­nity and how to make a change. Fos­ter, who went through the Wave Week, said it in­spired her to put the club to­gether this year to help stu­dents find out­lets to vol­un­teer.

“It brings to­gether all dif­fer­ent teens from all walks of life,” Fos­ter said. “[It teaches teens] if you really want to see some­thing dif­fer­ent in your com­mu­nity and you’re will­ing to put the time in, you can make it hap­pen.”

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