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Mar 17 2011

NYIT Community Rallies for Relief Efforts for Japan

Old Westbury and New York, N.Y. (March 17, 2011) – Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the NYIT community are holding bake sales, raffles, selling paper art, and taking part in walkathons as relief efforts for those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan.

NYIT will dedicate a number of its spring sports games as relief effort games to help devastated cities and villages as the country continues to face a nuclear emergency from explosions and radioactive gas leaks.

On Saturday, March 19, the Men’s Lacrosse game will be the first game to encourage fundraising for Japan. It will be held at 1 p.m. at the President’s Stadium.

“This is such a massive tragedy to one country, but it affects the whole world,” said Brilynn Fields, president of NYIT’s student-run Community Service Center. “It is important to get involved because people need to know about this disaster, and understand the ways they can help.”

Through different events, and a campus-wide effort to express prayers and support, students are collaborating with administrative offices to raise money to help those affected by the disaster. Students will be selling 'Hope for Japan' bracelets and paper cranes as a symbol of hope to others. Starting on April 5, students will hang the cranes on the walls in the Student Activities Center and Salten Hall. 

The Cross Walk, which will be held on April 2, by the NYIT Red Cross Club and the Nassau County chapter of the American Red Cross, was originally raising funds for the Nassau County chapter. Now, participants will be given the option to donate to Japan on the day of the walk.

“A disaster of this scale could essentially happen to any country,” said Theresa Piccolo, president of the Red Cross Club at NYIT. “We hope that others would help the United States in such an emergency, so we should be offering as much support and resources to Japan as we can.”

Barbara Multari, director of international education, added that the Office of Counseling and Wellness is providing support to Japanese students as needed.

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One Japanese student shares his story.


How can you help?

All proceeds raised will be donated to Japan through the American Red Cross. Donate online, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. For details on how you can offer your support, contact the Community Service Center at

Events at NYIT for Japan Relief

  • Donate through the PCMA Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund on March 28, at NYIT-Manhattan.
  • Donate by buying Hope for Japan bracelets and paper cranes on Thursday, March 31, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Salten Hall and Student Activities Center, NYIT-Old Westbury. Write your name the paper crames, which will be hung in the buildings.
  • POSTPONED:  Due to weather, the candlelight vigil on March 31 at NYIT-Old Westbury has been postponted. New date is TBA.
  • Learn about the crisis in a roundtable discussion on Monday, April 4, 6 to 8 p.m., Theobald Hall, Room 409, NYIT-Old Westbury.  
  • Experience "A Day With No Shoes" on April 5, at NYIT-Manhattan.
  • Donate by buying student-made origami crames and calligraphy on Thursday, April 7, at Student Activities Center (1849 Broadway), NYIT-Manhattan.
  • Monday, April 11, 2 - 9 p.m.: We Are One Exhibition and sale of artwork ($100-$200) donated by more than 80 Japanese artists living in New York, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Japan Society's earthquake relief fund. Includes live musical performances and workshops about Japan. Gallery 61, New Technology Building, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor. Contact Yuko Oda (


The Consulate General of Japan in New York

Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency

International Atomic Energy Agency

Google Response Page

Make Free Calls to Japan

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