By Anisha Parida
On Sunday, January 20th, 2019, members of both Manheim Township and Warwick High School’s Aevidum club are working together for the Designer Purse Bingo Fundraiser located at the Farm & Home Center on 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA. The night will be filled with food, door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction.
The Bingo Fundraiser, a recurring event from the previous school year, is a way to raise money for the D.E.S. Foundation, also known as Detect Early Signs. The organization, established in Lancaster, Pa, promotes suicide awareness and prevention.
According to walkfordes.org, in Lancaster County, “36% of teens have felt depressed or sad most days in the past year,” while 16% of students have had serious thoughts of suicide in the past year, and 9.7% have attempted to commit suicide at least once.
Each year, the D.E.S. Foundation hosts a 5k walk, to bring awareness to suicide and encourage others to speak out about detecting early signs.
The Bingo Fundraiser began after the mother of a former student- who attended both Manheim Township and Warwick High School, lost her son to suicide in August of 2017.
According to Aevidum member, Rachel Matto, this year’s fundraiser “…is also kind of half also supporting Warwick in light of what happened…”
The recent events that have taken place at Warwick High school this school year have encouraged everyone in the community to give attention to the severity of suicide. Students are encouraged to attend the Designer Purse Bingo Night, in hopes of helping the D.E.S. Foundation achieve their mission, and to show support to Warwick during these difficult times. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, with proceeds benefiting the charity.
Note: You are not alone! If you need help or someone to talk to, consult with a trusted adult (guidance counselor, parent, teacher, etc).
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255