18 April 2016 – This is an excerpt from a Press Release that was issued by the Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai:
The Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai is partnering with Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Peace Winds America, and the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival to raise funds to support the earthquake relief and recovery efforts in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The fund raising effort will take place at the Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival that will be held on Saturday, 23 April 2016 and Sunday, 24 April 2016 at the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington. Donation boxes will be placed throughout the festival grounds manned by volunteers from the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, Peace Winds of America, Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai, and many of the other Seattle-based Japanese and Japanese American organizations.
All donations will be processed through Peace Winds America, whose Tokyo-based sister organization, Peace Winds Japan, is conducting search-and-rescue operations and is operating evacuation shelters in Kumamoto. 100% of donations will go to immediate relief activities. Donations can be made at: http://peacewindsamerica.org/support/
“This is a critical time in the relief effort and it is our hope to send a message to our family members and friends that we are thinking about you and hope that our efforts will alleviate some of the pain and anguish from this terrifying experience,” says Calvin Terada, President, Seattle Kumamoto Kenjin Kai.
Additional fund raising efforts can be found at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center’s website at https://jcccw.org
Kumamoto Relief – Update: PWA PWJ Kumamoto Relief August Update