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Raffle helps raise money for victims of earthquake and tsunami in Japan

THE winners have been drawn in a raffle which was the final event of a fundraising campaign by Flintshire Optec Japanese Youth Exchange students.

The campaign started in March when the earthquake and tsunami devastated areas near the youth exchange towns of Murata, Kawasaki and Zao in Miyagi Prefecture.

Flintshire students have been visiting this area and Japanese students have travelled from there to the county for 27 years. The scheme has forged unique links with Japan, offering young people from the two countries the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about each other’s way of life and culture.

Fundraising activities have included collecting money on Mold market, a sponsored sky dive, a student-teacher football match, cake bakes, a race night and the raffle. In response to this fundraising, the trustees also decided to donate £1,000.

Colin Everett, Flintshire County Council’s chief executive, announced the total amount of money raised was £4,457.84. The chairman of the council, Cllr Hilary McGuill, chose the winning tickets for 14 prizes, including a TV donated by Toyota, a Pandora bracelet given by Mococo and a rucksack from Berghaus.