As many of you know, a brutal earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan on March 11th, leaving many without basic necessities. As students of a Japanese martial art, many of us have friends and family that have been affected by this disaster; the dojo would like to support the efforts of volunteers, community groups, and charity organizations to help those who have been affected make it through this ordeal. For students of the dojo, there are a couple of things that can be done in order to provide assistance:
Here at home, the Edmonton Japanese Community Association is holding a Japan Disaster Relief Fundraiser on Saturday, April 16th. The event will include a silent auction, food, and entertainment. The EJCA is looking for silent auction items valued at $50 or more. The silent auction donations do not need to be physical items, but can be vouchers for services (such as 5 hours of carpentry work). As well, volunteers are needed for the event; any students that can donate some of their time before or during the event should contact Andrew.
On a larger scale, students are encouraged to donate to the Red Cross relief efforts, either directly through the Red Cross website, or through the EJCA.
Information about the event can be found on our events page, here.