SIU students hold fundraiser for Japan

By Julia Bruck - bioemail

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - On the SIUC campus Japanese students held a fundraiser to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

The Japanese Student Association organized the fundraiser.  There are just more than two dozen Japanese students on the SIUC campus.

Co-organizer Tomoe Nishio says when the disaster hit their country, many of the Japanese students felt helpless in Carbondale.

"We felt helpless, I mean hopeless," Nishio said. "We thought, we came to think, there should be something we can do from a distance."

Nishio says her family is safe but millions in her country still need help. That's why her association launched a fundraiser.

On Tuesday, Japanese students handed out paper cranes and wrote names in Japanese.

All donations will go to the American Red Cross's Little Egypt Network to provide medical care and disaster relief. The Japanese Student Association will continue to collect funds through Thursday at the SIU student center from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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