Children’s Hope India’s teen leadership group, CH3, held its annual walk-a-thon on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Eisenhower Park, where they raised money to send underprivileged children from local Long Island shelters to summer camp.

The event, which was organized and led by the teens, began with an introductory address by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, was followed by the 5K Color Walk, and ended with a raffle drawing.

DJ Sharad, with MC Marco Glorious, audience producer of “The Wendy Williams Show,” livened up the already festive mood, thanks to the enthusiasm of the nearly 100 attendees, the beautiful weather, and the color party during and following the walk.

Advantage Testing of Long Island and sponsored the backpack give-away, Dr. Rita Taliwal sponsored the water bottles, and six local businesses and individuals sponsored mile markers throughout the 5K course: Supriya Himatsingka, DNP Enterprises, Young People’s Day Camp, PSE&G, Rekha Advani, and Preeta & Gaurav Babbar.

The signs were donated by Vista Imaging Group.

Altogether, the event raised approximately $5,000.

CH3, which was formed in 2014 when six enthusiastic teenagers came together to try to make a difference, had a modest goal in their first year of sending two children to summer camp.

The success of CH3 has subsequently enabled the organization to support the enrollment of 50 children over the course of four summers. Now, with the success of last Sunday, the teens will be able to sponsor even more children to attend The Young People’s Day Camp.

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