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Birmingham-Southern’s Love Asia student group donates $2,200 for earthquake relief to Birmingham sister-city Hitachi, Japan
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College’s Love Asia student organization made a $2,200 donation April 26 to the city of Birmingham for earthquake relief in Birmingham’s sister-city of Hitachi, Japan.
A group of students from Love Asia presented a check at City Hall to the Birmingham Sister-Cities Commission. The students sold T-shirts on campus to raise the relief funds. The T-shirts were designed by a Love Asia member and BSC art major, and the costs to manufacture the shirts were sponsored by the Birmingham Mayor’s Office.
BSC’s Love Asia group has two members from Japan. While neither student’s home area was severely affected by the March 2011 earthquakes in Japan, both wanted to create awareness on campus about the tragedy and also to send relief to their home country.
Yuan Gong, a junior accounting major from Chengdu, China, and president of Love Asia, said T-shirts were chosen for the fundraiser because they could be worn around campus and thus increase awareness. The group sold more than 200 T-shirts.
The Love Asia members also presented the commission with hundreds of origami paper cranes made by BSC students and inscribed with their well wishes for Japan and its people.
With more than 50 members, Love Asia is the largest student/faculty organization on campus, with student members from the U.S., China, Japan, Taiwan, France and other diverse locations. The organization’s mission is to provide a communication and activities platform for anyone at BSC interested in Asia and to refresh people’s perspectives about the region.
Yuan Gong (far left), president of BSC’s Love Asia student group, presents a check for $2,200 to support earthquake relief in Birmingham’s sister-city of Hitachi, Japan, to Ted Von Cannon (center), vice president of the Birmingham Sister-Cities Commission, and Stanley Erdreich, founding member of the Birmingham Sister-Cities Commission and who established the Hitachi sister-city relationship.