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Shrewsbury International School Bangkok rallies to support Japan
Shrewsbury International School Bangkok has launched a Japan Relief Fund to raise money for the victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.
A number of fundraising efforts have already taken place with donation boxes located around the school, a hugely successful bake sale, and part of the proceeds of Busking Week, which was held in March, bringing the total raised so far for the Japan Relief Fund to 275,000 Baht.
In a student-led initiative, Japanese pupils who are studying at Shrewsbury sold postcards for children to write messages of support and send to the Japanese Embassy. The students appeared on Channel 3 News in March to donate the 67,500 Baht they raised to the Thai TV channel’s own appeal.
Keen to find a focus for its fundraising efforts, the school is working closely with the Japanese families in the school to find a specific project to support. They hope to mirror their previous efforts in China, where they established a scholarship fund at Mianzhu Middle School following the floods three years ago, by finding a school rebuilding project to support. Japanese families based at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok have already been in contact with local mayors to find an appropriate school to work with, and Shrewsbury representatives hope to deliver the funds in person at the end of August.
The school has more events planned over the school holidays and during the next school term. Four teachers will be leading the “Miyagi Expedition” over the school holiday. They are raising sponsorship money to take the Shrewsbury Bear “Miyagi” to Annapurna Base Camp, where they will plant a number of flags in recognition of the many nationalities they represent. On their return they will share a diary and photos of their expedition with the rest of the school. They have also been asked to return with a mystery prize for the staff raffle. Friday 22nd April will also mark World Earth Day in the school, when students will be asked to wear green and white in recognition of the day and to give 100Baht per student in support of the Japanese people.
In May the Junior School will stage a Readathon on May 4th where students from Year 13 will visit Junior School classrooms to read to the students and be read to by them. A Fun Run is to be held in June to bring all the staff, students and parents of the school together in an event dedicated to raising funds for the School’s project in Japan. Students have been asked to design bandanas to be sold at the event to raise more money.
Mark Verde, chair of the school's Charity Committee, said: "The considerable and dedicated effort being made by the students, parents and staff of the School to raise money for the Japan Relief Fund reflects the importance that we attach to supporting all nationalities in our highly international community."
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