Caroline received her award from H.I.H. Princess Akiko of Mikasa

Alumna awarded for Japan tsunami and earthquake relief

Caroline Pover (Education and Mathematics 1995) has been recognised by the Japan-British Society for her efforts to raise money for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011.

Caroline received her award from H.I.H. Princess Akiko of Mikasa at the Japan-British Society Awards, in honour of her contribution to furthering Anglo-Japanese relations. The Society said in a statement, “She has truly devoted herself to lifting the spirits of the local communities.”

Caroline’s work has been focused on Oshika, an area heavily affected by the infamous March 11 earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Four years on, Caroline has raised over £105,000 for the survivors. From repairing shines to providing new school uniforms, she has been determined to get the people’s lives back on track again.

With a flair for community work as RAG officer from 1992-1993 (when she founded the famed Safer Sex Ball), and having lived in Japan for 15 years, she felt compelled to do her part. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, she travelled around the UK, giving talks to schools on Japanese culture and requested emergency supplies, some 10,000 of which were then shipped to Tokyo. Since then, 28 projects have been funded and Caroline continues to work within the community.

Read more about her work on her website or get in touch with her at

Date: 24 March 2015

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