Friday, March 11, 2011

Stage 1: Christchurch Appeal

What we collected and how it tallied up.
The name under which it was deposited to Red Cross Japan.
Yae-san's concert in Kamogawa.
The guys from Kamogawa City Office that helped make things possible!
Kamogawa City Mayor was impressed and donated himself.
The receipt.
What an amazing response!

With the help of friends we collected donations for the Red Cross Japan Christchurch Earthquake Appeal on Sunday, March 6th. We went to the Vitamin Walk Kamogawa event where Yae-san performed a live concert and announced to those in attendance what we were doing and although I had no personal connection with the majority, as they were visiting from Tokyo, they opened their hearts and gave generously. From there, we moved to Kamogawa Aeon (formerly Jusco) where friends from surfing, hula and work gathered to help. I met a lot of people that I hadn't seen in a long time who had read about our appeal in local newspapers and wanted to contribute. Again, people were extremely generous, from young to old, and I can't say thank you enough.

In total, we managed to collect ¥271,544 which equates to about $4,000 NZ. I've no doubt that the people of Christchurch will be very grateful for the kindness exhibited by all.

There are still collection boxes out in Kamogawa which can be found at all Surf shops and some restaurants/cafes/bars around town (a list can be found in an earlier post below). These will be collected on March 21st so don't delay.

If you wish to donate directly to the Red Cross Japan, that's possible too. Just go to there website and follow directions.

I'll keep you posted on what the final tally is. Fingers crossed we can get it up to $5,000NZ! Either way, it's already far exceeded any hopes I had when I started out on this project.

Arigatou/Thank you/Mahalo/Tēnā koutou

Newspaper reports can be seen at the following links:

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