Resident organizes walk for Fukuskima

A Trumbull resident is part of efforts to organize a walk from Times Square to the United Nations in New York City, to help the children of Fukushima, Japan, in the aftermath of the Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident.

Mariko Bender, who is a native of Fukishima, is helping to organize “Planting Seeds for the Future,” a walk from Times Square to the United Nations, to commemorate the second anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami on Monday, March 11, at 11 a.m.

The walk will be followed by speeches, ceremony and songs.

According to The World Network for Saving Children from Radiation, more than 300,000 children are exposed to elevated levels of radiation each day.

“Fukushima natives currently living in the U.S. will share personal stories of the struggles that their family members and friends experience daily — what it means to be living in areas where radiation levels are higher than the International Commission on Radiological Protection's limit for individual members of the public,” a release on the event said.

The participants will meet in Times Square, by the stairs next to the ticket booth at 11 a.m. Monday.

Mariko Bender can be contacted at 203-308-5305, or at