1,000 KG community members stand up against global poverty

Public Relations Office        October 15, 2014

at Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus with participation of about 1,000 people

 On October 15, Kwansei Gakuin hosted a “Stand Up Take Action” event at Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus, with participation of about 1,000 people, including students from KG Junior High School and KG undergraduates from Nishinomiya Uegahara and Kobe Sanda campuses. This event was held as part of the “Stand Up Take Action” campaigna global campaign appealing for consummation of the UN Millennium Development Goals, especially the goal of halving extreme poverty by 2015.

 This campaign calls on people to stand up and take action against poverty. To show their support toward the cause, people all over the world take part in a performance in which they stand up at a pre-arranged date and time. In 2009, more than 170 million people stood up simultaneously at various locations worldwide, an action certified by Guinness World Records as the largest mobilization of human beings in recorded history. Kwansei Gakuin has hosted this event annually since 2006.

 On the central lawn at Nishinomiya Uegahara campus, KG community members including undergraduates, faculty and staff joined the performance. Chancellor Ruth M. Grubel said, “Let each of us stand up and take action as a member of the international community and help create a world without poverty!” After standing up, participants sang the school song Wings of the Sky under the baton of the Kwansei Gakuin University Cheering Party.

about 700 KG Junior High School students

 The performance was also joined by about 700 KG Junior High School students, teachers and staff, who stood up together at the Senior and Junior High School Chapel.