Apex High's Nourish Club plans first venture
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The Apex High chapter of Nourish International will be hosting a Sweet Tomatoes percentage night on Nov. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. Nourish International is a student driven organization that allows its members to conduct ventures where they raise funds to fight poverty. Nourish Club of Apex High represents Nourish International at the high school level. “Our club at school supports Nourish International,” explains senior co-president Dhvani Bhatia. “We don’t conduct fundraisers [on] campus, but [raise] awareness, learn about poverty eradication and participate in community fundraisers.” Nourish Club has high hopes for this year’s fundraiser at the Cary Sweet Tomatoes, having conducted its largest fundraiser ever last year. “We raised over $700 in revenue for Sweet Tomatoes,” says Bhatia, “and this year we want to beat that.”
Anyone is welcome to attend; they just need to have a Nourish flyer with them, which can be found below. However, there will be volunteers outside of the establishment with extras. For every person who goes and shows the flyer, Sweet Tomatoes will donate 15% of the meal’s cost directly to Nourish International. The money raised will support sustainability in South America. “Last year, our funds helped build a new greenhouse in a South American community,” reveals Bhatia. “This helped promote sustainable practices and gave the resources to South Americans to have a renewable source of food.”
Nourish Club has plans to hold other large events for students to participate in throughout the year. They also encourage students to join and learn more about the organization, which offers many opportunities to its members. “After spending the entire year fundraising, students actually take the funds they raised and go to the poverty stricken community and work with locals to solve the problem,” says Bhatia. Those who are a part of Nourish Club stress the variety of benefits from participating. “The great thing with Nourish International is it is all student led,” tells Johnson. “Students are taking charge to plan and implement sustainable ventures or miniature businesses to raise money for third world countries. Not only are we helping less fortunate individuals all over the world, but we're helping ourselves by gaining enterprise skills.”
If students are interested in helping poverty stricken communities and leading business ventures they are encouraged to take part in the activity. Anyone is welcome to join. “[Nourish Club] is easy to join,” says Johnson. “All you have to do is come to Room 607 on the second Thursday of every month with an open mind and ideas flowing.”
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