UD student raises hundreds of dollars for Japan, already planning second fundraiser

Over the weekend, about a dozen people helped raise more than $450 dollars for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.

Megumi Yoshigai is a Japanese student at the University of Delaware. She organized Sunday’s fundraiser in front of the Newark Pathmark in Four Seasons Plaza.

“We did Origami. And Run and Fun Inflatables provided us balloon and face painter as donation,” said Yoshigai, who is already planning a second fundraiser.

“We are currently looking for another place to do fundraising,” said Yoshigai, who’s open to any offers and/or suggestions concerning a second location.

Yoshigai is a sophomore at Delaware. Her parents live in Kyoto, Japan, 363 miles outside of Sendai — the town leveled by the March 11th 9.0-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Yoshigai tells us her family is safe, but feels compelled to do something for those suffering in her home country.

Yoshigai says proceeds from Sunday’s event will go to either the Japanese or American Red Cross.

UD has about 52 students from Japan, which includes undergrads, graduate students and those from the English Language Institute.

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