The Road to Change was the On Campus Ministries (OCM) of Warren High School, fundraiser held on May 23 at the Downey First Christian Church. The various organizations the money fundraised for in this event will go towards organizations like, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), Save Darfur, Stop the Traffik, and Missions Trip.There was entertainment provided by bands like Matt, which is a worship leader from Calvary Chapel Downey, and Brownie, a pop rock Christian band. "This event was successful," said OCM member Lester Larios. "The booths were organized and active, the bands were loud and exciting and the food was great as well." Although they did not get the amount of people they had hoped to attract to this event, Larios went on to say, "We feel while the amount of people wasn't there, the 'right' people were there." The amount raised from this event is still undetermined, because calculations are still being made. Two months of preparation went into this fundraiser. They did things from creating fliers, to raising money in order to pay for the cost of this event. At the event, there were booths where members organized and researched in order to put on presentations about the various world wire organizations they raised money for. "[This event] was designed to open the eyes of the city of Downey and Warren students, about the real life issues that are presently going on," said Larios. OCM is a Christian Club that dedicates time to putting together bible studies, service projects and community services. "Despite huge difficulties early Saturday and last minute struggles, the event turned out great," said Larios. The turnout of this event was great, and the main concern and goal of this event was to raise money to help those in need, while raising awareness so that people can become involved to make a difference. "Teen depression, suicide, human trafficking, urban and rural poverty, and present day genocide need to be promoted in order to get people to act," said Larios. He went on to say, "Without awareness of what is going on in this world, how can one possibly expect change." As hard believers in Jesus Christ, "OCM looked to impact people's heart, open their eyes, and let them experience the life changing power of love and compassion for others," said Larios about how they wish to impact the lives of others, through putting together events like these.
********** Published: June 5, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 7