Monday, March 21, 2011

How You Can Aid Japan Tsunami Victims

We have all seen pictures of Japan’s devastation from the earthquake and tsunami. A tragedy of this magnitude has a long arm, reaching thousands of miles. Vol State student Yuko Tanaka is from Japan, and she is working with the VISA club to bring Vol State to the aid of victims through financial relief. Tanaka and some of her friends will be requesting donations as they make authentic calligraphy art with words such as, “hope” and “faith” in Japanese.

This fundraiser will be held on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23 from 8:30 a.m. until noon, outside the Vol State Grill in the Wood Campus Center. The Japan-American Society of Tennessee, Inc, has established the Tennessee Tomodachi Fund to aid the victims. 100% of donations will be directed to relief agencies in Japan.

Professor Kay Grossberg tells how this came about:

“VISA club members came to me asking if we could do something to help. We realized that this didn’t just hit Japan but it also hit a lot of other areas like the Philippines. One of our faculty members was a member of the Japan-America Society and helped us make contact with them.”

“Other groups on campus have expressed interest in contributing, including, The Returning Women’s Organization, and Professor Keith Bell and his students have expressed interest in helping as well,” said Grossberg.

Take a minute out of your busy schedule and drop by to pick-up a customized piece of art for a great cause.

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