The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) and its foundation have set up a Japan Disaster Relief Fund.

MDRT, Park Ridge, Ill., and the MDRT Foundation started the fund in response to the devastating series of earthquakes that began to hit Japan March 11 and the tsunamis that hit the country as a result of the first earthquake.

The MDRT Foundation has started by donating $50,000 to the fund, and MDRT itself will match donations up to another $100,000.

The MDRT Foundation also has donated $20,000 to earthquake relief efforts in New Zealand and $10,000 to flood relief efforts in Australia.

“There has been a tremendous outpouring of support around the globe for those impacted by recent events in Japan,” MDRT President Julian Good Jr. says in a statement about the new fund. “MDRT has more than 3,000 members of our family located in Japan. We’ve established this matching fund to enable our members to double the amount of their contributions and provide even more assistance to those in need.”

All of the contributions to the fund will support efforts by the American Red Cross and the MDRT Foundation Japan to provide medical care, food, clothing and shelter for people in the affected areas in Japan, MDRT says.

- Allison Bell

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