Loyola to raise funds for Japan earthquake victims

Loyola University Chicago students, faculty and staff are urged to show support for earthquake victims in Japan through a university campaign to raise funds.

Here is a letter detailing the campaign from the Rev. Michael Garanzini, president of Loyola University Chicago:

Dear Loyolans,

The earthquake and resulting tsunami in the Pacific last week have had devastating effects on Japan. As additional concerns mount about the compromised nuclear energy plants, water contamination, and waste disposal, we know that this crisis is still evolving and will have far-reaching and long-term consequences.

We are addressing the crisis in Japan through our Loyola Responds initiative, which we began last year as a way to coordinate educational and fundraising events in times of need. We will have more details about events and how you can help as soon as they are available.

Please visit LUC.edu/responds for more information. Funds raised by Loyola programs will be directed to the affected students and families of the Sophia Jesuit University in Japan.

Catholic Relief Services is also working with Caritas International and other organizations to aid those stricken by the earthquake and tsunami. You may support their efforts by making an online donation.

Go to the Terry Student Center or Centennial Forum Student Union Monday through Thursday next week at lunch (11:30–1:30) or dinner times (4–6) to make a contribution to a project organized by the student Anime Club. The club, along with other student organizations, is hoping to raise money for survivors and to fold 1,000 paper cranes to send to Japan, a symbolic gesture of peace and goodwill. Take a moment to stop by their table, donate a dollar or more, and fold a paper crane.

Please visit LUC.edu/responds to learn about ways to get involved and learn about the situation in Japan as it develops.

Please keep the people of Japan in your thoughts and in your prayers.

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President, Loyola University Chicago

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