Students to fold 1,000 cranes for disaster relief

2011-03-21T07:47:00Z 2011-03-21T10:17:57Z Students to fold 1,000 cranes for disaster reliefDaily Herald Daily Herald
March 21, 2011 7:47 am  • 

In response to the devastation in Japan as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, students in the Utah Valley University Japan Club and the International Student Council will hold the "A Dollar for Help, A Crane for Hope," fundraiser March 21 through the 25.

Each day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hall of Flags and near Room WB 147 of the Woodbury Business Building, students will be folding thousands of origami paper cranes as a gesture of hope for the safety of the victims of the recent disasters in Japan. The cranes will also be available Monday through Wednesday at the Commons area of the Sorensen Student Center.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to donate $1 or more. In return, each contributor's name will be written on a paper crane and all of the cranes will be hung on a string as a Senbazuru. According to Japanese legend, creating a Senbazuru, by stringing 1,000 cranes together, makes a person's wish come true. UVU students are following this tradition and will be folding thousands of paper cranes as a wish for the safety of the many victims in Japan.

All donations will be sent to Japan to pay for humanitarian supplies in the relief effort through the American Red Cross.

For more information, contact Junko Watabe at (801) 863-8089, or e-mail Tenkai Kawazoe, Japan Club president, at dankuman07@hotmail.com, or Shoichiro Utagawa, Japan Club vice president, at shoichiro55555@hotmail.com. To donate money by mail, make a check payable to UVU and mail it by Friday to: International Center, Mail Stop 124, Utah Valley University, 800 W. University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058-5999.

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