It’s been 11 days since the destructive earthquake in Japan. We at Ricepaper, like many people around the world, are at a loss for words at the devastation amounting from the earthquake. We applaud the many Canadians who have contributed to the relief efforts in Japan and offer our sympathies to those who have been affected by this tragedy. Please see below to see how you can help our friends in Japan (If you know of any other organization or event to be added to this list, please let us know).
About Japan Love: The BC Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (BC-JERF) is a coalition of volunteers from the Japanese Canadian community whose purpose is to “vet and act as an organizational hub for BC communities’ fundraising efforts and to facilitate the delivery of this financial aid to the affected people in Japan.” Funds raised through BC-JERF-endorsed campaigns and events will be donated in full to reputable charities operating on the ground in Japan, such as the Japanese Red Cross. Check here for a calendar of fundraising events throughout Vancouver and BC.
*NOTE: This is not a registered charity, if you wish to make a donation and receive a tax receipt, please do so directly to Red Cross.
Contact: Greg Masuda
Executive Committee: BC Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
Telephone: (604) 566-9597
Email: Contact [at] bc-jerf.ca
Metro Vancouver Photography Workshops has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to organize a 5.5 k walk from Science World to the Vancouver Public Library. Participants are encouraged to donate to the Red Cross and register for the walk at the website here so that they can have an accurate count of participants. Walkers will be wearing red and white as a symbol of the Canadian and Japanese cultures.
Date: Sunday, April 3rd
Time: 3:00 pm
Where: From Science World (meet at parking lot at 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver) to the Vancouver Public Library (5.5 k)
Info: call 604-628-6990 or email email@example.com
From Chez Yusuke blog:
Cookie Sale for Japanese Earthquake Relief
Culture and Language Connections
Date: Saturday March 19.2011,
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: 4260 avenue Girouard, #350, Métro Villa-Maria Montreal
Japanese Craft Festival/Festival d’art japonais
Canada-Japan Society of Montreal
Exhibition and demonstration of ikebana, shodo, kimekome, furoshiki, and more.
Date: Sunday, March 20.2011
Time: 2:00pm – 4:30pm
Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal 8155, rue Rousselot, Montréal, H2E 1Z7;
(Métro Jarry et autobus 193E)
Info: Midori Pinti, 514-313-9945
Je me souviens Japon 2011: Benefit concert featuring 12 artists and counting.
Date: Wednesday, March 23.2011, 7:00pm-11:00pm
Where: Club Soda, 12245, boul. Saint-Laurent, (Métro Saint-Laurent).
Tickets: 20$ (at the door)
Info : K.Joe Tamko; 514-317-0422
Yuki Bakery: 5211 rue Sherbrooke Ouest. 514-482-2435. (Métro Vendôme).
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal: 8155 rue Rousselot. 514-728-1996. (Métro Jarry).
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre has created a special, dedicated disaster relief fund within its Foundation to aid victims of the Tohoku Kanto earthquake in Japan.
JCCC is taking direction for the Japanese consulate in term of how to direct funds. At present funds are going to the Japanese Red Cross through the Canadian Red Cross.
Japan Relief Charity Event
Date: Sunday, March 27, 2011
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Westin Hotel in the Governor General Ballroom, Ottawa
Info: Tickets are $40 each. All proceeds go directly to Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Japan Relief Charity is organised by the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association of Ottawa (JETAA Ottawa) in partnership with the Canada-Japan Society of Ottawa (CJSO) to bring everyone together in effort to help the people in Japan following the massive earthquake.
This event will be hosted by Stefan Keyes, CTV Ottawa’s 6PM news reporter, and the Ambassador of Japan is scheduled to speak at the event.
The event will be held at Westin Hotel in the Governor General Ballroom. ALl proceeds from the event, which includes a silent auction, will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Other websites and information on relief efforts: