Support Chris Pickering’s Marathon Run

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Chris_marathonAid For Japan is helped by volunteers who help raise funds both at home and abroad. Chris Pickering is taking part in a marathon in Japan to show his support.

Chris lives and works in Niseko, Japan and explains why he’s fundraising for Aid For Japan: “Through my company, HTM, we support local charities including two orphanages and a group called “Fukushima Kids”, children who were displaced or orphaned as a result of the Tsunami in 2011″.

“Aid For Japan is a great little charity from the UK who work to support the children who were orphaned as a result of the Tsunami and I wanted to give all my friends and colleagues from all over the world the chance to help too!”

On 23rd August Chris will run the marathon leg of the Ironman Triathlon Japan in Toya, Japan. 7 days later he will run the Hokkaido Marathon in Sapporo. Please help show your support for Chris – and help raise funds for Aid For Japan!

You can donate directly via his JustGiving page here:

Summer Residential Course 2015

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summer_course_typicalEvery year, Aid For Japan organises a special Summer Residential Course in Japan. The course offers a chance for English volunteers to directly support the orphans that the charity was set up to help with a series of activities and events.

This year’s Aid For Japan residential study course for Tsunami orphans and our foreign volunteers will be held at Yakushi-ji temple in Nara prefecture, Japan. More Inside  »

Aid For Japan at MCM London Comic Con

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To raise awareness for the charity, Akemi Solloway and volunteers from Aid For Japan are a regular sight at many events across London and the UK.

On the 24th May the team stopped off at the hugely popular MCM London Comic Con. The event saw 122,000 visitors attending over the three days of the event – which plays host to everything from movies, videogames and comic books to anime, manga and cosplay.

Akemi and the team handed out flyers to let people know about the work Aid For Japan is doing for the orphans in Japan.

Little Dom’s Big Adventure

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Little Dom’s Big Adventure involved a motorbike journey from the UK to Japan to help raise funds and awareness for Aid For Japan. Ahead of setting off on his journey, Dominic Farwell-Cooke was the focus of an Aid For Japan event at the Daiwa Foundation earlier this month to see him off.

The evening started off with a talk by Aid For Japan founder Akemi Solloway and followed up by Dom explaining in more detail what his endeavour will entail.

The journey (which is entirely self-funded by Dom) will be tracked by 4 cameras that he will be taking with him. The plan is to upload regular video updates as his journey progresses, internet access permitting. Talking a little about the inspiration behind the journey, Dom commented that it was inspired in part by a photo taken of Earth on one of the Apollo moon missions, reminding him that everyone who has lived, is currently living and will live in the future was on that blue orb in the sky. “It’s important to me to help other people” Dom added.

Dom has been keen to keep the costs down as much as possible for his venture, opting for a tent to spend the nights and also taking a very compact toolkit to help maintain the bike.

“It’s important to me to help other people”

During the evening, attendees were also treated to a sake tasting session courtesy of Tengu Sake and sushi care of Tanpopo Japanese Food. Entertainment was also provided via the music of renowned international cellist Kosato Nishihata. We’re also pleased to report that the event was a resounding success and actually sold out on the day.

Supported by his friends and family at the event, Dom was also happy to announce that his donation pledges had already topped £1,000. The journey itself begins on 3rd May and Dom estimates it will take about 3 months to complete.

Aid For Japan would like to thank Tengu Sake, Tanpopo Japanese Food and Kosato Nishihata for their generous assistance. Thanks also to photographer Bhupendra Jethwa for taking photos at the event.

You can follow Dom’s progress via these sites:


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