Monday, April 18, 2011

A Gift of Thoughtfulness for Japan

NYP nursing and Physiotheraphy students and their Japanese hosts

First year Diploma in Physiotherapy students Sunny Tan and his friends open their hearts to 20 Japanese students and their families by sending them over 20kg of food items to tide them through the aftershocks in Japan.

The NYP students met their Japanese friends during a nine day study trip to Seirei Christopher University in Hanamatsu, Shizuoka. They were very kindly hosted by the students of the university, who had cooked for them, and guided them throughout their stay in Japan.

According to Sunny, some of their Japanese hosts are living on their own. Sunny's own host has to work a part-time job in order to sustain himself.

NYP students Shameera and Xue Yan shopping for supplies

When Sunny saw how convenience stores at the airport had run out of food the day they left Japan - 12th March, he came up with the idea of sending food supplies to their Japanese friends. Together with his friends Shameera Rhabiyathul and Xue Yan Yeong, they shopped for essential items such as Milo, Maggie noodles, porridge, nuts, oatmeal and raisins for their friends in Japan.

Japanese students unboxing the food supplies

The entire package, costing about $770 (shared amongst 17 students) reached Japan on the 31st March to grateful students and their families.

Japanese hosts happy to receive their share

"Earthquakes and aftershocks affect Japan everyday and we didn't know how long it was going to drag on so we thought it might be good to give them some supplies so that they can use it when they actually need it," said Sunny.

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