On Friday March 11th, 2011 at 2:46pm(JST) North-Eastern Japan was hit with a magnitude 9.0 earthquake lasting over 5 minutes. The epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean east of Sendai which resulted in Tsunami waves 7 meters high crashing into the eastern coastline of Japan, wiping out people’s homes and businesses. The earthquakes left buildings in shambles, setting hundreds of houses on fire. Currently a nuclear power plant in Fukushima prefecture is nearing disastrous levels.
So far thousands of people have been reported dead and still missing. Families are at a loss not having heard from loved ones in months. Survivors of this horrendous event are now dealing with no electricity, no gas, no transportation, no home, sub zero temperatures, minimal amounts of water and food, dwindling medication supplies for the elderly, as well as a short supply of baby diapers and baby food.
As a university filled with brilliant, and internationally diverse students, we have to once again reach deep within our minds and devise a plan to send humanitarian aid. UBCJA would like to coordinate with all clubs who want to get involved in taking action to raise humanitarian aid for the people affected by this natural disaster. Please support us in our endeavor to help those in need of help.
Let’s make this happen.
On behalf of the affected people of Japan, UBC Japan Association would like to thank all of the UBC community for coming together and supporting the people of Sendai Japan in their time of need. The Humanitarian Aid Awareness booth collected over $7,500 in donations during the 2 weeks it was open in the SUB. The kindness and heart warming support of the community has really moved the hearts of all the Japanese students here at UBC.
Thank you UBC friends for making it happen and for caring about the people of Japan!
Please continue supporting Japan with prayers and please… do not forget.
UBC Japan Association
During the week of March 14, 2011 UBC Japan Association set up a Humanitarian Aid Awareness booth @ the Student Union Building (SUB) on the University of British Columbia campus.
Volunteers raised awareness to the campus community about the direness of this tragic natural disaster and the help needed in the weeks to come to rebuild Japan. All cash donations were donated to the Canadian Red Cross (www.redcross.ca).
If you would still like to donate to this cause please go to the Canadian Red Cross website at www.redcross.ca to make a donation.
UBC Japan Association will officially be donating all its club profits from this year to the Canadian Red Cross.
We would like to announce that many kind and generous UBC clubs have already jumped on board to support Japan in their time of need and will be directing their club profits to UBCJA as well. UBCJA has already set up a donations fund account which will direct all accumulated funds to the Canadian Red Cross. The Canadian Red Cross would appreciate it if all donations are received through one account from all UBC clubs, so UBC JA will act as a portal for any and all clubs who wish to donate to the Canadian Red Cross. If you or your club would like to get involved with this UBC campus wide movement please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
No pity. Just action.
Come on UBC, let’s make this happen!
The following UBC clubs have made a commitment to the cause.
-UBC Business Communications raised $718.32 in donations! www.bizzcomm.ca
-Dollar Project & UBC Starcraft Club gathered $140 in donations!
-CLF Club has raised over $800 in donations!
-Marine Drive Residence has collected $290 in donations!
-UBC New Taiwanese Generation has raised $206.57 during their last event! www.ubcntg.com
-UBC Anime Club raised $437.77 in donations! www.ubcanime.piggyhoho.net
UBC Surf Club raised $54.50 in donations!
UBC Botany Enthusiasts Club raised $250 in donations!
UBC JA would like to thank all the clubs and groups for getting involved in this great endeavor. It is important for us as a community to reach out and make a difference in the lives of people who are suffering from loss of loved ones and to help in the rebuilding process of those people who have lost their livelihoods in these disastrous circumstances.
Many of you ask why we care so much about Japan, and why we didn’t care as much about other events; well many did and much was done; it’s just that a few students had a particular connection about this incident and decided to be particularly proactive about it — it’s not that we’re ignorant, we recognize other tragedies, but this is one we have immediate connections to — whether through friends, culture, or otherwise. If we can formulate a plan to help other people in different countries, then we should surely do all we can, but we shouldn’t take away from the legitimacy of this disaster.
Although it is almost unimaginable, we should try and think what would happen if we were in such a situation before we are so harsh in our criticisms. Would we really care why people were sending funds, or if they did it out of a trend? We may just be concerned solely about escaping the horror by any means necessary, and rebuilding our lives as soon as possible.
The Red Cross: The Japanese Red Cross has already deployed 11 national disaster response teams to respond to the crisis but you can support their efforts by donating money. Similar to their efforts to help Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, Red Cross is accepting donations either online or via text message. Simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone (you’ll be prompted to confirm with a second text reading YES).
Shelterbox: The UK-based organization has 18 international affiliates and it has launched an online fundraiser for the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Shelterbox provides assistance to afflicted countries by delivering large utility boxes that contain a shelter and other emergency relief tools. To donate online, simply go to your country’s site and click DONATE.
International Medical Corps: To donate to this global non-profit’s Emergency Response Efforts fund, simply go to their site and select the amount you wish to donate (be sure to note if you want your donation to be a “recurring gift” for future relief efforts) and fill in your information.
GlobalGiving.org: Working with other organizations such as the International Medical Corps, D.C.-based organization GlobalGiving has launched the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, which will give aid to on the ground organizations providing emergency services. They are accepting donations online with a funding goal of $90, 000.
Convoy of Hope: This non-profit focuses on disaster relief efforts and you can donate either online at their site or via text message by texting TSUNAMI to 50555 (you’ll also be prompted to confirm with a follow up text of YES).
Salvation Army: The Japan branch of the Salvation Army has been working in Tokyo to offer shelter to stranded commuters and they are reportedly organizing a team to send to Sendai Friday night. They also have their Hawaii branch standing by, ready to help. You can help their relief efforts by texting JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
TELUS customers can be a part of the relief efforts as well and can donate funds through their mobile devices.
TELUS customers can participate in the following ways:
• Text “QUAKE” to 45678 to donate $10 to The Salvation Army in Canada
• Text “ASIA” to 30333 to donate $5 to The Canadian Red Cross Society
• Text “GIVE” to 45678 to donate $5 to UNICEF
These organizations will ensure the funds help those who need it most.
If you are looking for family members and/or friends in Japan please click on the following link to Google person Finder: Japan Earthquake 2011 – http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en
Consulate-General of Japan in Vancouver – http://www.vancouver.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/index_j.htm
Google Crisis Response – http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html
Detailed Google map of events – http://mw1.google.com/crisisresponse/2011/sendai_earthquake/google/map/sendai_earthquake_2011.html