By Patrick Adams
On Thursday December, 2nd the Sci-Fi/Horror club with help from the Urban Explorers Club and the Harry Potter club hosted a fundraiser for Suicide Awareness from 9:30 to 3:30. The Babylon student center was alive with students on a sugar rush. The clubs baked cookies, cupcakes that filled 4 tables and members also made lizard key chains to raise money for “To Write Love on Her Arms” organization. “To Write on Her Arms” is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. Dr. William F Burns the faculty adviser of the Sci-Fi/ Horror club said, “We were particularly concerned about the recent suicides of gay teens,” Burns stated. “And had hoped to connect this event with a showing of solidarity with the Gay-Straight Alliance.”
With this event the club hopes to help at least one person realize that life is worth living. “Suicide is a human tragedy and as members of society we should help protect tragedies like this from happening.” President of the Sci-Fi/ Horror club Anthony Giansante said, “We hope that with this bake sale will let students know that they are not alone.” The club was hoping to raise 100-125 dollars and inform the students of suicide awareness and they did just that. With their amazing baking style fundraiser they got their word out there.
“We hope that we have given someone a chance that might have thought that there were no chances left.” Dr. Burns said “Sometimes people need to know that they aren’t alone.” Suicide is still a big issue that touch’s everyone it comes in contact with. This fundraiser for “To Write Love on Her Arms” is the first time this club has worked with this organization. TWLOHA joined INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), Brighter Tomorrow, and Food Not Bombs to the list of organizations that the club raised money for.
The Sci-fi/ Horror club is holding a Holiday food drive from now until December 21st. if you missed this fundraiser and still would like to help the bins for the food drive are located in front of the Writing Center in the Islip Arts building room 101. If you would like to be a part of the Sci-Fi/ Horror Club join them and meet new people and make a difference at the same time.”I will never forget my friends from the club.” Giansante said, “I’m going take with me the leadership I have learned and the overall experience and working with great people.” Meetings start at 11am every Wednesday come by and have some fun.