Tainan foundation offers free trips to disaster-struck students from Sendai

Staff Writer, with CNA

Sun, May 22, 2011 - Page 2

A foundation in Tainan has pledged to offer free trips to Greater Tainan for students from Sendai, one of the Japanese cities hardest hit by the devastating March 11 earthquake, the city announced yesterday.

The offer is part of ongoing efforts to continue to support Japanese people who have lost their homes and loved ones in the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.

The Tree Valley Foundation, an affiliate of flat-panel maker -Chimei, will launch an NT$8 million (US$277,600) project to invite 270 high school and college students from Sendai to visit Tainan, its Taiwanese sister city, over a three-year period starting next year, the Tainan City government said in a news release.

Students will begin arriving in Tainan by the end of February next year and during the summer vacation, the city’s news department said.

High school students will be provided with a nine-day trip, while college students will have an 11-day vacation in the city.

During their vacation, the students will be accompanied by local students who speak Japanese, and the local government will assist the foundation in accommodating the guests, the department said. All expenses will be covered by the foundation.

The foundation made the offer in response to a call made by Greater Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) to send love to families affected by the catastrophic disasters.