Earthquake Appeal Day

天災無情 人間有情

Australian International School Hong Kong, Earthquake Appeal Day (Christchurch and Japan)

日本駐香港總領事隈丸優次 (左)和新西蘭駐港總領事胡泊出席籌款活動。




Second from left, Co Head of School and Secondary Principal, Mr Phillip Waugh, Japanese Consul General, Mr Yuji Kumamaru, New Zealand Consul General, Ms Adele Bryant, flanked by the New Zealand 7s Rugby Team.

On Monday 21 March, 2011 the Australian International School Hong Kong (AISHK) hosted an Earthquake Appeal Day to support both its New Zealand and Japanese communities and raise much needed funds for the ongoing relief efforts in both countries. In total, students, parents and teachers raised $78,280, which will be divided between relief efforts in Japan and New Zealand.

The Japanese and New Zealand Consul Generals and the New Zealand Rugby Sevens teams attended the event.

Addressing all students, the New Zealand Consul General Ms Adele Bryant said: “There is a saying the charity begins at home but does not end at home. Today AISHK students are putting into action your theme of responsible citizenship by making a difference for many people in need. Rebuilding the beautiful city of Christchurch will take some time, but the funds you are raising today will go towards many school, businesses and homes that are in need. Your efforts and kindness make us full of hope that we are not alone.”

The students and staff of the Australian International School wore red and black today to signify New Zealand and Japan. (Black for New Zealand and Red for Japan)

In his address to students, the Japanese Consul General Mr Yuji Kumamaru added: “On behalf of the people of Japan, I would like to thank everyone from the school for the sympathy and condolences you have offered. Thank you to the students for the messages of support. Every effort is being made to reach survivors and support those needing relief. All of our thoughts are with the people who have lost their lives and with their families, who will appreciate your kindness.”

Students were required to bring as many $10 coins as they could muster to school to donate to the appeal. Students also had the choice to wear black or red (Black for New Zealand and Red for Japan). The coins were laid in an area out on the school field in the words “Christchurch” and “Japan”.

Lunch time was a celebration of all things New Zealand and Japanese, with themed cake and food stalls and various fun games such as gumboot and sandal throwing. The New Zealand Rugby 7s team also attended the event to receive cards and letters of well wishes and condolence written by students to those affected by the Christchurch earthquake. Primary students also prepared Japanese Origami Cranes which were on display.

The students and staff of the Australian International School wore red and black today to signify New Zealand and Japan. (Black for New Zealand and Red for Japan)

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