Written by Betsy Abraham Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00
In March, six enterprising teenagers founded CH3, a youth chapter of nonprofit ogranization Children’s Hope India, in hopes of making a difference in the community. Their first goal was to raise $3,000 to
send two local homeless children to a summer day camp.
Four months and three fundraisers later, the girls have not only met their goal, but far surpassed it. They were able to raise over $12,000 and will be sending three kids to the eight-week Young People’s
Day Camps this summer.
“We’re still in shock,” said Rhea Manjrekar, a CH3 member and Hicksville High School student. “Four months ago we had nothing. We’re really excited about it.”
“We never knew we would get this far with it,” said Karishma Kamat, a CH3 member from Herricks. “We knew we would get money but not this much. The reaction was so good and it was perceived so well.”
The girls organized three fundraisers over the past few months: at Friendly’s in Hicksville, Panera Bread, and Om Sweet Om in Port Washington. The girls say the support they received from their local communities was overwhelming.
“It was such a great thing to see my whole town come together,” said Milan Sani, a junior at Schreiber High School in Port Washington. “The yoga studio donated time and teachers, my school helped and
“The community was very open to what we wanted to do. The track team from my school and all my friends really supported me, and that pushed me to go far,” said Hicksville High School student Fatimah Mukadum.
Children’s Hope India hosted a ceremony last week, to congratulate the girls and present the recipients with their camp vouchers, as well as gift bags filled with camp supplies.
“I’m so thankful,” said a mother of two of the recipients. “I really truly appreciate it.”
“This is a first. Those three scholarships are going to mean a lot. It’s so nice you’re going to touch three lives like this,” said camp director Brendan McCaffrey.
Assemblyman Michael Montesano presented the girls a citation commending them on their fundraising accomplishments.
“Generally when we have people doing not for profit work, it’s adults. But you’re all so inspiring. Thank you for the work you do, and the energy and vibrance you have,” he said.
The girls say that having such a succesful first project has only inspired them to continue helping others.
“It helps us feel a lot more secure because we’ve done so much already. I feel like we can do anything now as long as we’re determined and come together,” says Hicksville High School’s Annamaria Zisimatos.
“This shows how much potential we have to do so much more,” says Sani. “We’re hoping to help donate school supplies and maybe do the camp again. We just want to help in any way possible.”
For more information on CH3, check out www.childrenshopeindia.org/about-us/ch3/
Saturday, 20 September 2014 00:00
Rhea Manjrekar traded in her running shoes and track shorts for high heels and an evening gown recently, as she participated in the Miss Teen India New York pageant. The 15-year-old from Hicksville snagged the title of first-runner up, and will be competing for the national title in December.
This was Manjrekar’s first time competing in a pageant. But she started out with major doubts about even participating.
“At first, I didn’t want to do it. I have extreme stage fright. My mom told me to try it out because she thought it would boost my confidence and look good on my college applications, so I went for the practice,” Manjrekar said. “The girls were so nice. I thought I wouldn’t fit in but I made friends immediately so I decided to do it.”
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
The parking lot of Sears in Hicksville transformed into a sea of cars this past Saturday as part of the ninth annual Long Island Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show.
The show, which was founded by Jericho prostate cancer survivor Sandy Kane, is the only car show on Long Island dedicated to raising funds for research, testing and also education for early detection of prostate cancer. The all-volunteer car show usually draws around 4,000 attendees. It features 600 cars, trucks, motorcycles and more; a perfect day for car enthusiasts and the like.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!
Thursday, 04 September 2014 10:49
At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.
The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.