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Ross Japan Business Association Joins Fundraising Efforts to Aid Disaster Victims

3/24/2011 --

Students create website, plan fundraiser for April 14.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Students in the Ross Japan Business Association (JBA) have joined a U-M campus effort to raise funds and provide emergency relief to victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Japan Disaster Relief Initiative includes student, faculty, and alumni representatives from the Universityís Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the College of Engineering, the Ford School of Public Policy, and several others.

Together they have aligned with the nongovernmental organization Peace Winds Japan, and will focus fundraising efforts on Kesennuma, one of the nationís most badly hit cities. Peace Winds Japan has set up initial operations in Kesennuma and is now delivering food, water, and blankets to various shelters.

JBA members are selling t-shirts in the Davidson Winter Garden and are gathering messages to distribute to disaster victims. They also have planned an April 14 fundraiser from 6-9 p.m. at PJ's. Tickets may be purchased online by April 13. Ticket price covers food. All proceeds will be donated to Peace Winds Japan.

In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Communications has created a website to update the campus community and external audiences on U-Mís response to the crisis in Japan.

Make a donation.

For more information, contact:
Shujiro Toyofuku,