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September 6, 2011 > Students donate funds to Japan relief

Students donate funds to Japan relief

Article and photo submitted by Akash and Sunil Dhawan

As a follow up to a fundraising walk-a-thon held June 3 at Mission San Jose High School for Japan earthquake relief, the three student founders of SOS (Service Over Self), Akash Dhawan, Justin Nguyen and Jeffrey Lin, presented a check to Consul General Hiroshi Inomata at the Japanese Consulate in San Francisco. Their personal delivery of the $2,500 check, on August 17, was much appreciated and the funds will be used to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

"This was our first season hosting a walkathon and it turned out to be a great success," said Dhawan. "With the help of Bay Area businesses and enthusiastic participants, the event generated a significant amount of donations which will be given directly to the government of Japan. The greatest need is during the period of rebuilding which will go on for many years. It is estimated that the cost of rebuilding the nation of Japan will be over 300 billion dollars!"

The Japanese Consul General expressed the gratitude of the people and government of Japan and a lively discussion ensued about issues facing the Japanese people and how the damage will take decades to fix.

The non-profit group, SOS, was started by Dhawan, Nguyen, and Lin as Boy Scouts of Troop 125. These young men decided that there were very few teenage groups whose purpose was to improve the local and Bay Area community. The three founders of SOS would like to involve more of their peers in additional projects to benefit the community.

For more information please email: Akash Dhawan: asd94539@yahoo.com; Justin Nguyen: mango165@gmail.com; Jeffrey Lin, jeffrey.w.lin@sbcglobal.net.

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