Several Laramie High School students created a fundraiser for Hurrican Dorian relief efforts, last Thursday at Undine Park.

“All of us in our group really were passionate about trying to bring relief for Hurricane Dorian,Alhena Islam said.

Islam explained how the group wanted to do another fundraiser this year and Dorian has just occurred it was the perfect opportunity to help out another organization.

“This year, I wanted to do a henna stand just because I have henna and I think that in Laramie it’s not always found that you can go and get henna,” Islam said. “I thought it would be kind of unique and people would want to come out for it but also all the money and profits would then go to Hurrican Dorian reliefs.”

With $5 per henna tattoo, the fundraiser made over $260 which exceeded the group’s goal of $200 with more donations being accepted till the end of the week but still do not know what area their money is going to go to for Dorian relief or what type of relief the fundraiser’s money will be providing.

Islam thought the event went well since so many people came out and the fact that their goal was exceeded.

Islam is a part of an organization that several other LHS students helped create called H-INK, with their name coming from the original founders, first letter of their last names.

The name was also inspired by their last year fundraiser for the children’s hospital in which they made over $500 in selling stickers they had made and connects to this year with the students doing a fundraiser with henna.

The current members are Islam, Arundathi Nair, Harlie Kaligis, Grace Abawe, Jessica Liu and Amel Ksaibati.

The group held the event at the Thursday farmers market because the spot only cost $10 for their non-profit organization and because the farmers market was from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., allowing LHS students who were busy a chance to go if they wanted to.

The event also was held at the farmers market because it was much less expensive.

“We first wanted to make a henna night but then you have to book a space and we wanted to try and do it at the union and then the price for booking a place is $75,” Islam said. “We wanted to do it some place that people would naturally come.”

Henna is a paste made from the leaves of the henna tree also called, hina. Henna creates a temporary tattoo which lasts about a week to a week and a half.

Henna can also dye hair and not only the hand but anywhere on the body. It has been used as a natural dye for centuries in India and North Africa.

Since it has been used for so long, there is no date for when henna actually was first created.

In India, henna is called mehndi.