CR North's Health Activism & Awareness Club is a group of students interested in giving back to the community by raising awareness and funds for health-related issues. Each year, the student group organizes a 5K Event. Students meet once a month to discuss event preparation. Each student is responsible for specific tasks such as designing the t-shirt, gathering sponsors, and making posters. In addition to event preparation, students research and discuss various aspects of the disorder or disease in hopes of raising community awareness.
In 2008, the student group raised over $2000 for two local Autism Foundations: Neighborheart and AJ Foundation.
The 2009 focus was Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as ALS or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." The group again raised $2000 was donated to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National ALS Foundation.
The 2010 Health Activism & Awareness Club raised $2000 for the National Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their annual 5K which took place on May 2nd.
2011 was a successful year as $3600 was raised for the American Diabetes Association. Over 100 people took part in the Diabetes 5K on May 22nd.
In 2012, 100 people registered for the May 17th walk and $2000 was raised for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
2013 proved to be our most successful year as $5000 was raised for the National Alzheimer's Association and 120 people participated in the event.
In 2014, $4000 was raised for the National Parkinson's Foundation and over 120 registered for our Parkinson's 5K. The club also grew in size with student membership reaching 92!
The 2015 focus was Mental Health Awareness as $4000 was raised for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) through our 5K on May 10th. Thank you to all the mothers who shared your special day!
Despite the heavy rain, over 60 people braved the cold on May 1st, 2016 to raise money for the fight against Pediatric Cancer. $2200 was raised for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House of Philadelphia.
In 2017, the club focused on Down Syndrome Advocacy and with approximately 100 participants in our annual 5K, $2000 was raised for Celebrate Down Syndrome Inc.
The Hopeful Hearts Foundation received $1000 in 2018 as the club held several in-school fundraisers to raise awareness on heart disease.
In 2019, we sponsored the #HoldOnYouMatter Walk to promote the efforts of the Bucks County Suicide Prevention Task Force. Our club raised over $2500 and joined other local schools in the April 28th walk.
The 2020 COVID pandemic disrupted our fundraising efforts but through in-school activities, club members spread awareness and information on Crohn's Disease.
Anyone interested in more information on the group or upcoming events,