Good to see folks in Penang doing something concrete for the disaster victims in Japan.
This event is genuine: I am told the organisers had a press conference with the Penang Chief Minister and the Japanese Consulate General today.
We’re all devastated by the tragedy that is unfolding in Japan now, and 5 days after the event.
I know it seems strange to be fundraising for a nation that is not only one of the richest and probably most prepared in the world, but when you come down to the individual victims, you have to just imagine having lost your entire house, family, village, future and hope under the literal cloud of radioactive shadow to understand how helpless, lost and without hope it is to be a victim of this disaster. We feel that by doing this fundraising, we can focus the energy currently being spent on just feeling sorry into providing some much needed financial help to individual victims in Japan.
The funds raised will be sent directly to Japan through the Japanese Consulate General of Penang.
The event which will be on
SUNDAY, 27th March at the STRAITS QUAY Indoor AND Outdoor (both Aircon) lobby area.
Time: 11am ~ 6pm
1) Charity Sale – we need donations of items from companies and individuals.
Please donate or help to ask for donations for things like rice cookers, fax machine, handbags, clothes, even good condition soft toys! Items can be second-hand or new but please donate things people would WANT to buy. We don’t want to be your unofficial garbage collector…!
2) PERFORMANCES, TALKS, ACTIVITIES – we need volunteers to perform, ~ dance, songs, magic, games…
We need to have a programme of performances to draw the crowd while the silent auction continues.
Also looking for anyone who can give a talk on:-
“How to prepare for and survive a disaster”
“Survival Action 101” ~ what do do in an emergency
“What is Nuclear Energy”
First Aid Demonstration etc
** This is so that people who attend the event will LEARN something and prepare better for any potential disasters.
Right now, we’re planning for Japanese dances, Drum performances, Japanese Children’s choir, kimono dressing, origami, caricature drawing etc..
Anything to add to this would be great! It doesn’t have to be Japanese… even Jazz performances, guitar, violin, puppet shows – anything is ok, as long as it can be done on stage without much props.
We need personnel and resources to help with the Stage Management, Stage lighting, backdrop etc
3) PUBLICITY – please, please, please ask your friends, relatives, fellow club members, school teachers, cleaning ladies, your enemies… EVERYONE to support by participating or buying!
With regards to the offers of help and donations, please contact the following coordinators:-
Organising chairperson: Ms Emi Yamazaki [email protected] 012-4139096
Cash Donations: Mrs Lee Laines [email protected] 012-5811123
Food Donation: Mrs Rumi Kudo (English) [email protected] 016-4248401
Donation of Items for sale/ auction: Ms Chika Ando [email protected] 012-5008486
Performances: Ms Hitomi Ogawa [email protected] 016-4974087
Kimono: Mrs Imura Mariko