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Mount Union Students Organize Fundraising Efforts

March 27, 2011

Student organizations at the University of Mount Union have joined forces in an effort to raise money for tsunami victims in Japan.
 
Students living in the Japanese language and culture theme house on Mount Union’s campus felt compelled to serve as “ambassadors” for Japan during a time of need, since most of the students living in the house are Japanese majors.
 
“As soon as we heard about the devastating events that occurred in Japan, we knew that we had to do something,” said Melody Brown, a senior Japanese major of Medina, OH who lives in the Japanese theme house. “We felt that we should act as advocates on campus and help out the land we love so much.”
 
Other student organizations participating in this fundraising effort include the Association of International Students, Raider Programming Board and the Foreign Language Club. Outside of the Dining Commons in the Hoover-Price Campus Center, students from these organizations are taking shifts collecting donations and asking for spare change. Within the first two days, students raised $362.96, and have currently raised $700.
 
“It’s a lot more money than we ever imagined we could raise in such a short amount of time,” noted Brown.
 
Money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross’ Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief Fund. Donations are still being accepted, and checks should made payable to the University of Mount Union (reference ARC – Tsunami in the memo line). For more information about the fundraising effort or to make a donation, contact Elizabeth Seman at (330) 829-8140 or semanec@mountunion.edu.  
 
“We know that in times of crisis, there are unfortunately a lot of fake organizations created to take advantage of and scam well-meaning people,” said Brown. “Therefore, we decided to go with a charity that everyone knows and trusts – The American Red Cross.”
 
Student organizations plan to coordinate a series of humanitarian efforts on Japan’s behalf, including a campus-wide effort to fold 1,000 origami paper cranes. An old Japanese legend promises that he who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. The students wish for Japan to stay strong through this trial, rebuild and ultimately prevail. 
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