NewsViews: Japan Relief Effort

June 20, 2011 10:26:16 AM PDT
It's been three months since the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident in Japan, which killed more than 23,000 victims and destroyed parts of the country.

A local group, Oak Brook-based Lions Club International Foundation, has mounted a massive relief effort. The Lions say they have 107,000 volunteers working in Japan, and have collected $11 million for aid. Every penny, they stress, helps victims; nothing goes to administrative costs.

Ken Kabira of Naperville, the foundation's group leader for membership, service activities, and public relations, is a native of Japan, and still has relatives there. He also recently returned from Japan after visiting stricken areas, and joining relief efforts.