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June 21, 2011 > Students raise funds for Japan Relief

Students raise funds for Japan Relief

Article and photo submitted by Akash Dhawan

Members of a local non-profit group, SOS (Service Over Self), hosted a walk-a-thon fundraiser on June 3 to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Eleven volunteers helped Akash Dhawan, Jeffrey Lin and Justin Nguyen, founders of the non-profit organization, to organize the event. "The event, held at Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, had a good turnout and we raised a significant amount of money. The kids had fun and we hope we can have another event with this much success," says co-founder Dhawan. "We hope this money, which will be given to the Japanese consulate in San Francisco, will go a long way to help the victims of this disaster. We feel a kinship with the people of Japan as we both live in earthquake prone areas." The event raised over $2,000 which will be used where it is most needed.

Dhawan, Lin and Nguyen, high school students who are also leaders in their Fremont scout troop, formed SOS. Their goal is to benefit the community in a variety of ways (i.e. building benches, landscaping, etc.). "We just want to help our community, whether we consider our community as our city, county, state, country, or our planet," adds Dhawan.

These young men are receiving support from another local charity, Indo-ABC (Indo-Americans for a Better Community). They are currently planning their next project and are open any ideas or comments from the community. Suggestions are welcome at

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