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Japanese students to help raise relief funds during Joyce Ramble

Posted by Sarah Favot  April 28, 2011 10:00 AM

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Three visiting Japanese students at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, along with other students and faculty at the school, will raise money for the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund-Boston in the James Joyce Ramble 10K on Sunday.

The school will host a booth on the Endicott Estate grounds during the race to raise funds for the relief effort.

“We are honored that the Noble and Greenough students are using the James Joyce Ramble race as a fund-raising outlet to raise money for Japan,” said Martin Hurley, managing director for the race. “The ramble has always been and will continue to be about global awareness and the opening of hearts, and this program punctuates what we have tried to do since the ramble began in 1984.”

In past years, the race has been dedicated to various international writers, such as Czechoslovakia’s Vaclav Havel, China’s Xu Wenli, and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi, according to records.

In 2010, the race was dedicated to J.S. Tissainayagam, a Sri Lankan journalist who was detained by police in Colombo and indicted under the Prevention of Terrorism Act for two articles he wrote. Amnesty International considered Tissainayagam a prisoner of conscience. In June 2010, the Sri Lankan government officially pardoned him, according to Amnesty International's website.

The Japanese students taking part in Sunday's ramble are from the Hokkaido Sapporo Intercultural Technological High School in Sapporo.

The Noble and Greenough community has raised about $1,000 for the relief fund since the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11 through sales of T-shirts, rice sampling, and baked goods.

Students have also participated in awareness activities such as pebble painting with Japanese characters of hope, love, life, and peace and an origami bird drive through Students Rebuild, in which 1,056 paper crane birds were created.

The James Joyce Ramble is in its 28th year. It begins at 11 a.m. at the Endicott Estate.

Sanctioned by US Track & Field, the 10K course runs through the Noble and Greenough School campus along the Charles River. Actors will be reading from Joyce’s works of literature throughout the course.

Sarah Favot can be reached at sarah.yourtown@gmail.com.
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