Community rallies to Japanese cause

St Bede's student fundraising for Japan
St Bede's student fundraising for Japan
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HAILSHAM’S community is rallying round to help raise vital funds in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Thousands are dead, injured or missing, and millions more left without electricity, water and transportation, after a massive 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the northeastern coast of Japan, triggering giant tsunami waves.

Hailsham Rotary Club held an emergency collection outside of Tesco (pictured) in Hailsham on Sunday, March 20, to help send emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families who lost their homes in the tsunami.

Hailsham members collected more than £500 in six hours, after receiving an urgent appeal for 100 Shelter Boxes from the local Rotary district in Japan.

It is a seven-hour journey by road from Tokyo to the disaster struck Iwate Prefecture and with fuel shortages, snow, freezing temperatures and the ongoing nuclear situation, there are a range of obstacles to overcome in order to ensure aid reaches the families needing it most.

“The club thanks all who gave so generously,” said Rotary Club spokesman Tim Dowsett.

With the Japan disaster touching on the families of both students and staff members at St Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker, pupils were also anxious to do something to help the Red Cross Disaster Appeal.

Fundraising efforts at the school included an ‘Extra Hunger Lunch’ where the normal lunchtime menu was replaced with bowls of soup and the difference in cost was donated charity.

Meanwhile girls from Charleston First Year and the boys of Camberlot Hall raised more than £143 for the Japanese Disaster Fund, by holding a collection together with selling home made cakes.

The girls in  Bloomsbury and Dorter made red and white ribbons for staff and students to wear on Friday and put up posters throughout the school to raise money.

The Causes and Concerns group raised awareness by publishing an extra edition of their Big Issues newsletter, which has been e-mailed to all staff and students.