11 April 2011
Izumi(right) and her supportive friends
Canterbury Christ Church University and its Students’ Union, in partnership with The Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise and Canterbury Rotaract Club, have organised a fundraising initiative raising £2000 to support Japan, after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
The event was inspired by Izumi Hara, a Japanese student studying General English at the University, who suggested the ShelterBox fundraising event. Her idea was put into practice by the University’s Students’ Union, with the help of the Chaplaincy and the Student Support and Guidance teams.
ShelterBox is a Rotary Club project providing emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to families around the world who are affected by disasters, at a time when they need it the most.
Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to the nature of the disaster, but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
To help buy as many Shelterboxes and to kick-start the fundraising, Professor Grenville Hancox, Director of Music at the University, donated the proceeds of a music concert in total of £350. Amongst many other fundraising activities across campuses over the past two weeks, the Housekeeping staff also donated their own special collection.
Laura Spencer, International Student Adviser at the University, said: “I've been in regular contact with our Japanese students. Many are, understandably, traumatised by recent events. Most have spoken about how guilty they feel for being here while their fellow countrymen are suffering.”
The Christ Church Students’ Union is planning to collate video messages of support which will be posted on YouTube and on the Students’ Union website.
For more information about the Rotary Shelter Box scheme, please visit:
Notes to Editor
The Rotary Club is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world.
The main objective of Rotary is to develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues, such as children at risk, poverty and hunger, the environment, illiteracy, and violence. They also support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students, teachers, and other professionals, and vocational and career development.
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.
• In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
• Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment in the first six months after graduating.
• Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
• Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.