For Immediate Release
GREELEY’S SISTER CITY, MORIYA, JAPAN DONATES TO LOCAL FLOOD RELIEF EFFORTS
After receiving news about the devastating effects of the recent flooding in Colorado; Greeley’s Sister City in Moriya, Japan donated approximately $1,415 (141,349 yen) towards local flood relief efforts.
"We all were in utter disbelief, when we saw the pictures of the flooding. Thinking of all the damage Greeley has to face now, our department had the idea to make a donation campaign for Greeley,” said Jorg Becker, Department for Citizen Cooperation, Moriya City. “… we hope that you will accept it as a token of Moriya’s friendship.”
The funds were given to the United Way Weld County Flood Relief Fund. One hundred percent of the funds go directly to flood victims, according to Mark Tucker, United Way Director of Marketing and Community Development. This fund is administered by a board which reviews applications and allocates money to individuals based on need.
“This is from not only the people in Moriya city hall but also from our citizens,” said Tae Ohira from Moriya City Hall in an email, “We’re happy if you can use it for the people in Greeley suffering from the disaster.”
The Sister City Program between the City of Greeley and the City of Moriya, Japan has been in place since 1993. For more than 20 years, the cities have sent students from each country to each other during the summer – alternating trips annually as financially feasible. The students stay with host families where they learn about and experience each culture.
This summer Greeley sent the fifth group of students to Japan with the program. The people from Moriya City were presented with gifts from Greeley during the visit - one of which was a book of John Fielder’s Colorado nature photography.
Consequently, according to Andrew McRoberts, Director of Greeley’s Culture, Parks, and Recreation Department, two exhibits are on display at the Union Colony Civic Center and the Tointon Gallery that reflect the connection between Greeley and Moriya City. Fielder’s photography exhibit is now in the Tointon Gallery through December 14. In the UCCC Twin Rivers lobby, an exhibit showcases gifts that have been given to Greeley from Moriya.
McRoberts adds, “The gifts that Greeley have received through the past twenty years are sincerely beautiful and a reflection of our long friendship. The monetary donation was truly unexpected and a magnificent gesture from our wonderful colleagues and friends in Japan. We certainly hope that residents come to the UCCC to see the displays.”