UCR's Japan Effort
As the multidimensional horrors, worries, and sorrows continue to unfold in Japan, all of us at the University of California, Riverside, and indeed the greater Riverside community, extend our thoughts, prayers and helping hands to those affected.
This is particularly meaningful for us because the heavily hit city of Sendai is a sister city of Riverside. UCR also cherishes a rich and productive academic relationship with a number of Japanese institutions, including Tohoku University in Sendai, Josai University and Josai International University in Tokyo, and 18 other academic institutions.
The stories on campus this week have been moving and agonizing in and of themselves. Our Japanese students watched in horror as images of their country's destruction replayed on TV. One young woman, a student in University Extension, watched in horror as her coastal village of Minami Sanriku was wiped out by the tsunami. For three agonizing days, Akiko Kosaka searched for clues to the fate of her family. Then on Sunday night, her home-stay mother heard her weeping and feared the worst. But Akiko was watching a video clip of her sister holding up a sign for a passing videographer saying that the Kosaka family was OK and asking to get word to her sister in America. Here is that moving clip.
Let me close by reminding us that the immediate needs in Japan are for cash. The City of Riverside has established a donation site where 100% of the collections will go to the hard-hit sister city of Sendai. Please join with Karen, me, and so many members of our campus and broader community if you can.
UC Riverside Chancellor
Events Planned at UCR (and in Riverside)
Relief Effort for Japan/UCR Charity Week, Monday, March 28 to Friday, Apri 1, 11 am - 2 pm at the upper patio, north of the Bell Tower. Send a message to Japan: We will assemble a huge Japanese flag out of individual messages. There will also be a charity sale with arts and crafts. Volunteers are needed. Contact Kinjo at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Riverside is raising money to send to Sendai, Riverside's sister city since 1957. Sendai is located just 105 miles from the epicenter of the 9.0 earthquake and was one of the hardest hit areas by the tsunamis. Donations will be sent directly to Sendai.� For more information, visit www.riversideca.gov/sendairelief/
The Riverside Kingsmen will perform with Third Wheel and Brass Ephect to benefit Japan on Friday, April 1, 7-9 p.m. at the Grove Community Church, 19900 Grove Community Dr., Riverside. Donations/Tickets are $20 or $15 w/Military or Student ID. Cash, checks and Paypal accepted. Seating is limited, so hurry to reserve your seats. For more info go to www.MLKBand.com or contact Sally Bondy at 951.850.1668 or email@example.com
UC Riverside Extension Center is planning a large-scale cultural event for April or May.� The event will be ticketed and money collected will be donated to the Japan relief.� For more information or to help plan the event, please contact Steve Eulenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecturer Reiko Sato and student Shih-wei Willie Wu are planning a musical performance to benefit Japan. They would like to hold this event at the Culver Center in downtown Riverside to coincide with Art Walk. For more information, please contact Shih-wei Willie Wu at email@example.com or Reiko Sato firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Red Cross at UCR will be holding a blood drive on March 30 near Olmstead Hall. The blood drive will have a table specifically collecting money to send to Japan. For more information, or if you would like the American Red Cross at any of your events, please contact Anna Srouji at email@example.com
ASPB has scheduled a YouTube concert for May 18. The event will be a collaboration with YouTube artists from across the country. The concert will include food trucks and the money raised will be sent to the Japan relief fund. For more information, please contact Bo Vongphrachanh at firstname.lastname@example.org.