Invisible Children at Towson Univ.

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With so many student groups and group fundraising at Towson, it’s hard to put a finger on the specifics that some groups are achieving.

Since last year, the Towson chapter of Invisible Children has raised more than $8,000 for children in Uganda.

Invisible Children, Inc. is a media-based, non-profit that provides secondary education to children in northern Uganda that spawned after three filmmakers traveled to Uganda and exposed the tragic reality of the night commuters and child soldiers in Uganda.

Volumes of chapter from colleges and high schools formed since the national organization started and Towson has one of them.

The Towson chapter started in the fall of 2007, with only about six students actively attending weekly meetings. That number has since grown and is now surpassed 100 members in the Towson chapter, according to chapter president sophomore Angie Hong.

She credits the increase due to a rise of Invisible Children awareness in high schools. Hong said she knows many of students, like herself, who were heavily involved in their high school clubs for Invisible Children.

“Our greatest appeal I believe aside from the cause is the friendliness in our club. We make a valiant effort to get to know everyone in our club,” Hong said. “It’s hard to do that with 100 or so students but we try our best and let them know that we are also here to get to know them and I know that is something that they like.”

Since it has only been a few year since the groups creation at Towson, Hong said there are not any annual or semester traditions apart from the screenings, where representatives from the national organization come to campus to give a presentation on the status of those suffering in Uganda.

Hong said at their last screening, more than 250 students came and the organization raised more than $1,600.

Towson’s chapter also reserves a table in the University Union every Thursday before their weekly meetings – another means of fundraising.

Specifically, Hong said the money collected goes toward Invisible Children’s Schools for Schools program.

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“On the east coast, all of our schools’ funds go towards Sir Samuel Baker Secondary School [in Uganda]. I was able to go there during the summer of my senior year in high school,” Hong said.

Secretary for Towson’s chapter Sarah Benas said they are not SGA sponsored but are SGA affiliated. Because of this, they receive about $200 per semester in student government funding.

“Right now we don’t know what we want to use the money for, because we want to use it for a big event,” Benas said.

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