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Teens Raise $12K For Camp Scholarships

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

everyone donated.” 

 

“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/

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


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