Clubs help out at Walnut Family Festival

Clubs at Walnut High School worked at the annual Walnut Family Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, hoping to spread awareness of important causes to the people attending the event. While visitors at the Walnut Family Festival spent time browsing the various booths, many clubs, including Leo Club, Operation Smile and UNICEF among others, seized this opportunity to reach out beyond the school campus and advocate their cause.

Leo Club, a group affiliated with the service organization Lions Clubs International, assisted by selling food and delivering meals around the festival to those who were working in their booths.

“It’s important for clubs to work off campus because it gets our members out of their comfort zone and really out into our community,” event coordinator junior Bennet Tseng said. “I think the Walnut Family Festival gives us an opportunity to serve our community in a direct way. It’s a lot different than cleaning up a park or something because you can really see the immediate difference you make for people. That type of direct contact with people in our community is kind of what builds confidence, leadership and communication skills.”

Branching out into the community allowed these clubs to not only raise awareness for their missions, but also gain support for their efforts. Operation Smile’s goal is to raise money in order for doctors to perform free surgeries on children born with facial deformities, and after a day’s work at the festival, members of the club allocated enough money to fund one operation.

“Our club was very successful,” public relations officer junior Irene Pan said. “We felt that it wasn’t just a fundraising event. It sounds cheesy, but it felt really warm because we thought, ‘Oh, wow, we actually raised enough money to change someone’s life.’”

In the end, the Walnut Family Festival gave these and other clubs a valuable chance to make themselves known. Members of UNICEF spread awareness for children struggling in third world countries, collecting money that will be used to provide those children with clean water, food and other necessities.

“Working at the festival gets more people to know about the club, and the club can achieve more members and spread awareness,” historian sophomore Audrey Ching said. “It helps our club grow when more people are interested. This is an opportunity that all clubs should have.”

By Gabrielle Manuit, Copy editor

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