Elizabeth’s 10 Mile Run in Portsmouth

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Much of Aid For Japan’s ability to help the orphans of the 2011 tsunami/earthquake is through the work of volunteers and fundraisers.

Grassroots initiatives help to raise funds so that the charity can continue its vital work.

Elizabeth Morgan is one of those supporters who was inspired to help when reading about Aid For Japan’s mission. As a result, she is planning to run 10 miles for Aid For Japan this coming October. “I am running 10 miles along the Portsmouth coast” comments Elizabeth, “a running route I know well as I have suffered it before!!!”

Aid For Japan extends its thanks to Elizabeth and wishes her all the best for October!

You can donate to Elizabeth’s fundraising efforts through her JustGiving page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ellerunsforjapanaid

Aid For Japan also welcomes donations any time through our dedicated Donations page: http://www.aidforjapan.co.uk/donations/

Japanese Club Fundraiser

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Students at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree recently staged a Japanese cultural event to raise funds for Aid For Japan.

Some students at the school have formed a Japanese Club that regularly stages activities for the younger pupils on aspects of Japanese culture. This includes language lessons, origami and presentations on anime.

Earlier this month, the students ran a sakura-themed cafe at the school. The event featured a handcrafted sakura tree, sakura-themed decorations and the students even wore pink and white clothing to fit in with the theme.

Entering into the spirit of things, the school’s caterers prepared pancakes, biscuits and cupcakes with cherry blossom icing for the cafe. But the students also sold authentic Japanese sweets, such as Pocky and Hello Panda.

The cafe event was such a success that the students sold out halfway through the lunch hour! As a result, the event raised £149 for Aid For Japan.

Aid For Japan would like to express our grateful thanks to Menaka and the students of Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls.

Paul Algar 1943 – 2018

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We are sad to report that one of Aid For Japan’s trustees, Paul Algar, has passed away after a long illness.

Paul was a tireless supporter of the charity and had regularly offered his services at many of Aid For Japan’s fundraising events. For those that attended these events, Paul was a gracious and welcoming presence who would often be seen manning the entry desk or merchandise tables.

Paul was also a regular attendee at Bunkasai Club, Aid For Japan’s weekly English/Japanese Social Club.

He also assisted charity founder Akemi Solloway Tanaka in her many tasks and responsibilities. Paul’s kindness and willingness to help was always appreciated and his loyalty to Akemi and to Aid For Japan was a vital part of the charity’s strength.

We all appreciate Paul’s warm and kind help to the orphans and the loss of his presence at Aid For Japan will be keenly felt by all.

Aid For Japan – 8th Anniversary Event Review

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This year saw the 8th Anniversary of the 2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami. It provided an opportunity to pause and reflect on the losses that the country had faced, but also the optimism of building for the future.

On 11th March 2011, a disaster unlike any seen in modern times swept across Japan, claiming almost 20,000 lives and creating over 300,000 refugees in the Tohoku region. Among these were 236 children who lost everything – their homes and their family all in one day.

This year, Aid For Japan staged an event at Islington Yoga School with the generous help of longtime supporters Fudokan Battodo. Here, an audience of people keen to lend support to the victims of the tragedy, learned a little bit about the impact that this devastating event had on people’s lives.

A series of short films were screened, one of which focussed on Maria, one of the Japanese orphans that Aid For Japan has supported over the years. Although things have been difficult for Maria, she is now 18 years old, strong and doing well for herself.

One of these video screenings was set in a school with a teacher recounting his own story about the tragic events of 2011. Yukio Saito is headmaster of Ishinomaki Nishi High School. Ishinomaki town was severely damaged by the tsunami in the disaster. Saito Sensei has written about the experiences of those at the school during and after the disaster.

As the school buildings were on higher ground, many local people took shelter there and the school gymnasium became a mortuary that eventually held more than 700 bodies. The title of his book Ikasarete Ikiru (lit. ‘Allowed to live so Live’) describes the mission of those who survived – both children and adults.

Artist and Battodo Fudokan student Dominika also kindly donated prints of her artwork to help raise funds at the event (her work can be seen on her Instagram page).

Food and refreshments were available for attendees and Aid For Japan also used the event as a fundraising drive. As a result, the generous donations from attendees raised over £600.

Attendees walked away from the event with a stronger impression of the impact that the events of 2011 had delivered. Even 8 years on, the effect of the earthquake/tsunami still has a profound impact on those that survived the devastation, particularly the orphans who had lost everything – the same orphans that Aid For Japan is doing its best to lend assistance to.

Aid For Japan thanks all those that helped make this event possible: Fudokan Battodo, artist Dominika, the staff at Islington Yoga School, Yukio Saito and Japan Centre.

Aid For Japan also extends its warmest thanks to all the volunteers and helpers who kindly donate their time to the charity. Special thanks to Angela Shaffer.


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