PARAMUS, N.J. — Bergen Community College students raised more than $1,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, North Jersey chapter’s “Out of the Darkness” virtual annual walk this month. The College’s “Bergen PRIDE” team consisted of 21 students, faculty and staff. Second-year student Hamza Chah, of Carlstadt, raised the most money in the group.

“After seeing everything that’s been going on with the pandemic, I wanted to dedicate my time and lend a helping hand,” he said. “Once I educated myself on how serious this matter is and familiarized myself with the statistics in regard to suicide, I wanted to try to make a difference.”

This is the College’s eighth year participating in the walk, with this year representing the biggest turnout among students, faculty and staff.

“This is my first time fundraising for this cause, but it certainly won’t be my last,” Chah said. “When I publicized the fundraiser on my social media accounts, I learned a lot about how much people are looking to help but just aren’t sure about where to start.”