Student association to host fundraiser for Japan

April 20, 2011 | Events, UToday
By Sarah Ritenour

The UT Japanese Student Association will host “A Thousand Cranes: Japan Tsunami Relief Fundraiser” to help the people of Japan after the tsunami that hit last month.

The event will take place Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, at the Westfield Franklin Park Mall, 5001 Monroe St., from 1 to 6 p.m. in the food court.

The fundraiser will include several events and activities that incorporate Japanese culture, including origami crane folding, calligraphy painting, martial arts demonstrations, dance performances and anime.

“We hope to raise money and awareness about the continuing disaster in Japan and at the same time showcase Japanese culture,” said Mari Sawai, president of the UT Japanese Student Association.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to various charities supporting Japan; these will include the American Red Cross, Global Giving and the Community Chest of Japan.

This fundraiser is part of the association’s continued efforts to raise funds for those affected by the Japanese disasters. The students have collected funds in partnership with the American Red Cross through donation boxes placed at various locations on campus. Their efforts so far have resulted in $5,000 in donations.

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