First Anniversary of Tohoku Earthquake/tsunami
Upon reflecting, as the first anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake/tsunami approaches, we find that we had during the year witnessed a stricken Japan, an incredible global humanitarian response, and a nation taking its first steps to recovery. While mainstream media interest has waned, at least for the time being, those of us who continue to follow the events in Japan, of physical infrastructures slowly being rebuilt, and of communities recovering through neighbours assisting neighbours, we are moved and affected by the stories of difficult recovery. The sheer devotion between fellow citizens are inspiring, uplifting, and heart warming.
The BC Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (BC-JERF) will be holding a first anniversary benefit concert on Sunday, March 11th at Nikkei Place from 3pm to 5pm. The concert is titled In Friendship, The Sun Will Always Rise, reflecting the spirit of the Japanese, who continue to overcome the current desperate situations, and the hope and dedication of communities around the world in this process. While the program is currently still being finalized, we expect the concert to feature outstanding performers. Raffle draw, silent auction, and a photo exhibit are planned to supplement the fundraising effort.
BC-JERF was first organized on March 12th, 2011 when concerned citizens gathered at Tonari Gumi to take action to help those devastated by the unfolding disaster. From this meeting, a community group was created spearheading several fundraisers, including the Japan Love box donation campaign, community arts and musical events, silent art auction, raffle draw, culminating in a benefit concert at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. All proceeds were directed to the Canadian Red Cross and Japanese Red Cross.
Through its ad hoc office generously provided by Tonari Gumi, BC-JERF was able to help relay information and support and to co-promote dozens of other fundraising efforts held throughout Metro Vancouver and in other municipalities in British Columbia.
Please visit our website (bc-jerf.ca) as we will be releasing information, such as updates on the concert performers, raffle and silent auction prizes, and more, as the concert date approaches. If you wish to contact us to offer any support, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Chair, Joji Kumagai, at 778.688.9195. We look forward to seeing you on March 11th.