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Friday, 25 March 2011
All 2,400 children from across the Bolton School Foundation - the Nursery, the Infant School, Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Senior Girls, Senior Boys, Sixth Form Girls and Sixth Form Boys - have come together in a fundraising effort for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
The call for help came from the Makino family who have a boy and girl, Kei and Ai, in the Infant School and two boys, Eichi and Jei, in the Junior Boys' School. Mrs Makino used to live in the Sendai province, which is one of the worst hit areas and where she still has friends. Mrs Makino said: "I feel as if my memories have been washed away." Over half the population of Onagawa, a picturesque seaside village where Mrs Makino worked for several years, is still "missing". Mr Makino said: "We have been together for 13 years in the UK now but still have very strong ties with Japan and it is heartbreaking to see the pain and devastation that has hit the country. We are delighted that the whole of Bolton School has been able to help out with this disaster appeal. We are amazed at how incredibly helpful people in the UK have been."
Pupils were all asked to wear something red to show they were supporting the campaign and there was also a raffle with some very unique prizes including a Manchester United football shirt signed by Ryan Giggs, some football boots signed by Phil Neville, a t-shirt and photo signed by Amir Khan and photographs signed by Kevin Davies. Funds from today will be bolstered by a fun run in May and it is hoped up to £10,000 will be raised for the disaster appeal.
Last weekend the Makino family collected money for the Red Cross's appeal outside Asda at Middlebrook and raised a staggering £2,615. This weekend they will be collecting money outside M&S in central Manchester. They are part of a network of Japanese collecting money tomorrow across cities in the North-West.
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