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May 24, 2011 > Walk-a-thon to benefit Japan earthquake victims

Walk-a-thon to benefit Japan earthquake victims

Submitted By Akash Dhawan

Non-profit student group, SOS invites Bay Area community members to sign up for the "Japan Walk-a-thon" on Friday, June 3 at the Mission San Jose High School Track.

The event will benefit victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Although there is no fee to register, funds are raised by students/adults paying per lap walked. Participants can also get sponsors for their walk.

Participants and sponsors may register beginning at 3 p.m. The walk-a-thon starts at 3:30 p.m. A variety of booths will be set up along the path for walkers to receive water and other items.

"This is our first time hosting a walk-a-thon and we hope it will turn out to be a great success," says Akash Dhawan, Founder of SOS. "With the help of Bay Area businesses and enthusiastic participants, we hope this generates a significant amount of donations which will be given directly to the government of Japan. The greatest need is during the period of rebuilding that will go on for many years. It is estimated that the cost of rebuilding the nation of Japan will be over 300 billion dollars! We need the community to support this worthwhile event."

Founded in early 2011 and based in Fremont, SOS is a non-profit group started by three Boy Scouts from Troop 125. They decided that there were few teen-managed organizations whose purpose was to better the local and bay area community. The organization was formed to benefit the community and others around the world in many ways including building benches for schools, planting trees to enhance the city environment and, as in this case, raising money to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake.

Walk-a-thon for Japan earthquake relief
Friday, June 3
3 p.m. Registration
3:30 p.m. Walk-a-thon
Mission San Jose High School Track
41717 Palm Avenue, Fremont
Information: Akash Dhawan:

Standard Donation: Students with I.D., pay $1 per/lap
Adults $2 per/lap
Sponsors may designate an amount per/lap or flat donation amount.

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