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International Night Market to raise money for Japan

April 20, 2011 12:00AM

International students at Pittsburg State University are cooking for the community this Friday night - and raising money for disaster relief in Japan at the same time.

The second annual International Night Market will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on April 22 on PSU's Oval. Hosted by the International Student Association, the event will feature booths selling food from several different countries represented by PSU's international students.

This year, the ISA plans to donate profits from the event to UNICEF: Disaster in Japan. The organization supports children affected by the last month's tsunami. Supporting international children has been a continued interest for ISA. Last year's proceeds enabled the group to sponsor a child in Africa for a year. This year, ISA has continued supporting the child by using money from its own funds.

Cathy Lee Arcuino, associate director for international programs and services at PSU, said the booths will offer authentic, flavorful foods such as Vegetable Biyrani from India, Birgadiro from Brazil, and Sopa Paraguaya from Paraguay. Tickets for entry are 50 cents each with additional donations welcome.

"ISA has been really touched by what is happening in other parts of the world, and it wants to help children in different countries," she said. "This sort of charity work has been a mission for them. It makes me proud that it is of their own accord."

For more information on Night Market, call the Office of International Programs and Services at 620-235-4680.

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