Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



CROSS OVER SEA 2008 Begins

Jul 22, 2008

The charity event "CROSS OVER SEA 2008" is being held on campus for 4 days between Monday, July the 21st and Thursday, July the 24th. The event, organized by the APU Event Executive Committee CROSS OVER SEA, is being held to raise money for the Great Sichuan Earthquake and Myanmar Cyclone relief efforts. During the four days students are engaged in collecting donations at the APU Fountain. An array of traditional dances and music performances will be held and Myanmar food will be available at the APU Cafeteria during the duration of the event.

The APU Event Executive Committee CROSS OVER SEA was set up to assist nations affected by the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. The Committee is constantly trying to make more and more people aware and pro-active about the social issues and natural disasters that occur around the globe, from the viewpoint of "there are no boarders to world issues." In order to support the victims of such disasters, the committee holds charity events and fund-raising activities, sending the collected money to the devastated areas through organizations such as the Japan Red Cross Foundation. One of their main activities is a "Balloon Release," which involves the participants of CROSS OVER SEA charity events releasing balloons into the sky as a symbolic gesture to express prayers for the victims and to convey hopes for restoration and development in the afflicted countries. The balloons are eco-friendly and biodegradable.

On the final day of the event, July the 24th, the committee is planning to release a total of 1000 balloons. On the same day a Charity Event is being held in the APU Millennium Hall. People can attend this event by buying a 300 yen badge in place of an admission fee. This will help cover the cost of the balloons. After the Charity Event has ended all audience members will be given a balloon which will then be released simultaneously out by the APU fountain.

Passion from many will bring forth a new power. We look forward to welcoming APU students, faculty and staff as well as local citizens.

The schedule for the four day event is as follows

Date: Monday, July the 21st to Thursday, July the 24th
Myanmar Food – Cafeteria
Donation– APU Fountain

Date: Monday, July the 21st (In Front of the Fountain Event)
Place:In front of the APU fountain
Event: Performances including traditional Myanmar dance, Japanese drumming by the Wadaiko Group 'RAKU', Indonesian dance by "Indonesia Saman Dance" etc. Performances will be held during the break time between classes.
1st :10:20 to 10:35
2nd:12:10 to 12:25
3rd:14:00 to 14:15
4th:15:50 to 16:05
5th:17:40 to 17:55

Date: Tuesday, July the 22nd
Time:13:30 – 14:30
Place: From outside the Millennium Hall to around the APU Fountain
Event: Competition for making Big Rolled Sushi with ingredients from Japan, China and Myanmar.

Date:Thursday, July the 24th Smile Village Project
Time:18:00 to 19:15
Place:The APU Millennium Hall and the APU Wave
Event:Charity Event with the theme of "world family." The show will have five stages, including a collaboration of traditional Chinese and Myanmar dance, a pantomime performance, and introduction on the disasters in Myanmar and China and the fund raising activities that are being carried out.
At the end of the event the audience and performers will sing Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie's "We are the World" to accompaniment from the APU Music Circle. Everyone will then move to the APU Wave where a thousand balloons will be released.
Admission: 300 yen

*Admission to this event is by way of a badge that can be purchased for 300 yen from the APU Cafeteria. Badges will also be sold on the day outside the APU Millennium Hall.

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