Bi-Co Community Raises Thousands for Japanese Earthquake Relief Efforts

Posted April 28th, 2011 at 1:44 pm.

From an email sent on April 25:

To the Bryn Mawr Community,

In light of the natural disaster that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, students from the Bi-Co acted immediately to help Japan. During the two weeks that followed the tragic event, multiple fundraisers were held in the Campus Center of Bryn Mawr College and the Dining Center of Haverford College. In addition to selling Japanese souvenirs, handmade crafts, calligraphy, and baked goods, we also encouraged students to write personal messages to the victims of the earthquake and fold paper cranes.

With the generous and continuous support of the students and faculty from Bryn Mawr and Haverford, we have raised a total of $3,452.32. All donations were sent to the Japanese Red Cross Society, with the assistance of Professor Glassman (HC) and the East Asian Studies Department.

Additionally, the paper cranes that the Bi-Co students helped fold were sent to Students Rebuild, an organization that is affiliated with the Bezos Family Foundation who donated $2 for every crane they received. We are impressed by the students’ contributions to this $400,000 relief effort with the Bezos Family Foundation. (For more information, please visit http://studentsrebuild.org/japan/.) Furthermore, in May, the remainder of the paper cranes will be directly delivered by Professor Takenaka (BMC) to the victims and shelters in Sendai, the epicenter of the earthquake and tsunami.

Thank you very much for your kind messages and support during these past few weeks. We are truly grateful for all of your collaborative efforts and understanding. It has truly been inspiring to see how much of a difference our communities were able to make, and we hope that you continue to help those in need worldwide.

Sincerely,

Erika Diamond (BMC ’11)
Yuri Hongo (BMC ’12)
Shiv Nelson (BMC ’12)
Aki Snyder (BMC ’11)

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