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University of Toronto students host Japan relief event with informed speakers and Japanese performers

March 24, 2011

TORONTO, ON – To help Canadians channel effective support and raise needed funds, the OISE/UT and Woodsworth communities have gathered Red Cross, government and eyewitness experts to update the relief efforts. Afterwards, Japanese performers will showcase their dance, music and art.
The event, with a suggested minimum donation of $5, also features a silent auction to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross and Ashinaga (www.ashinaga.org/e/), a Japanese-based charity dedicated to education for displaced and traumatized children in Japan.

What:
•    OISE/UT Woodsworth student-driven Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Event to help the community organize a relief response.
•    Features speakers, performers and a silent auction of Japanese arts and crafts to raise funds for the Red Cross and Ashinaga.

When: Thurs. March 31, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (Remarks from 7 to 8 pm, each talk followed by a brief Q&A session.)

Where: Kruger Hall, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George St.

Speakers:
•    Mr. Masaya Otsuka, Director Japan Information Centre, Consul, Consulate General of Japan
•    Mr. John Saunders, Director of Disaster Management in Ontario, Red Cross (expertise in the Japanese situation)
•    Ms. Kristin Kobayashi, eyewitness to the Japanese earthquake, artist and community activist.
(Note: Mr. John Saunders and Kristin Kobayashi will be available for one-on-one interviews following the formal presentation.)

For more information, please contact:
David Goldberg, Event Co-ordinator. d.goldberg@utoronto.ca, cell: 416-357-1172