QSB Students Support Japan

Posted on May 20, 2011

Charity luncheon at Goodes Hall Atrium to raise funds for Japan

When disaster struck in Japan, Queen’s School of Business students took action, raising a total of $4,700 to assist in relief efforts.

“Upon hearing the devastation that hit Japan, I thought about ways that my Commerce education could help support the relief efforts internationally. In business school, we learn how to administrate efficiently and so I thought to apply the practical knowledge taught in Commerce to the international issue facing Japan,” stated Lily Li (Comm’13) who organized a campus-wide Skip-a-Meal event.    

The Skip-a-Meal for Japan fundraiser was first envisioned when Li recognized that many students on Queen’s meal plans end up with excess meals around year end and these meals are either wasted or used exhaustively.

After approaching Sodexo, the provider of Queen’s campus meals, Li implemented a viral marketing campaign through social media presence on Facebook. In addition, Japanese international student Tomo Nishizawa worked with Li to establish a stand at Leonard cafeteria, talking to students about the cause as they stop by. The event had an overwhelming positive response with over 800 students signed up in 4 days, gathering to support earthquake victims in Japan. $3,000 worth of Sodexo meals was donated to the cause and given to Japan Red Cross. Li expresses gratitude, stating: “I was amazed at the level of support shown by Queen’s School of Business, Queen’s community, and friends that kindly approached me to help with the event.”

MBA Class of 2011 students Anjum Muhammad and Wakana Nikai organized a charity lunch that took place in the atrium of Goodes Hall, home to Queen’s School of Business, and was supported by a great number of MBA classmates, Commerce students, and QSB faculty. Muhammad and Nikai were joined by volunteers who helped out with setting up, facilitating, and cleaning up. The day’s effort secured $1,700; the amount was entirely deposited to the Canadian Red Cross office in Kingston.