The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre extends its deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the people of Japan who lost loved ones in the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011While events and programming at the JCCC will proceed as planned, our thoughts and prayers are with those in Japan who are suffering. The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre has donated $100,000 from our recent Sakura Ball (2011) to Japan Earthquake Relief through our JCCC Foundation. In addition, the JCCC and many different cultural and community groups have been presenting a broad range of fundraising events to increase this figure. The JCCC encourages everyone to donate and participate.
Please click here for letter from the Canadian Red Cross.
JCCC Foundation Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) has created a special, dedicated disaster relief fund within its Foundation to aid the victims of the Tohoku Kanto earthquake in Japan.
100% of funds received in the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will be directed to the relief and rebuilding effort required in Japan. In the first emergency response phase, $100,000 of the funds raised at the Sakura Ball were directed to the Japanese Red Cross through the Canadian Red Cross.
In the current phase of recovery and rebuilding, the JCCC Foundation board will consult with the Japanese and the Canadian Embassies in order to allocate the Japan Earthquake Relief Funds to most effectively rebuild communities in the stricken region of Japan.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are temporarily unable to accept online donations at this time. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
As always, we are happy to assist you with your donation via telephone.
Please contact the receptionist at 416-441-2345.
You can also contribute to the JCCC Foundation "Japan Earthquake Relief Fund" by sending your cheque to:
Attn: Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
6 Garamond Court
Please make your cheque payable to JCCC Foundation and indicate "Japan Earthquake Relief Fund" on the memo portion of your cheque.
Special Earthquake Relief Benefit Events
Over the next months the JCCC will organize a number of benefit special concerts and film screenings. Information will be posted on the JCCC website. Other charity events held in the GTA can be found here.
Resources for Contacting and Finding People In Japan
As phone communication is severely limited to Japan, we suggest trying to communicate as much as possible via, Twitter, Skype, email, Facebook, and other social networking services. Several Japanese local network providers have become part of the Google Crisis Response Site.
Google Person Finder
Google has launched its Person Finder for the Japan Earthquake. Users can input information about someone in the service or search it to see if any information is available about someone who might have been impacted by the tsunami. The resource currently tracking approximately 194,700 records.
NTT Docomo Safety Response
One of Japan's mobile-phone providers is allowing users to input a loved one's mobile phone number into a search to confirm the safety of that person.
KDDI Disaster Message Board
Similar to NTT Docomo's service, the KDDI Disaster Message Board lets people place messages on its service to find out about a loved one's condition. That loved one's safety can then be confirmed via mobile phone or on a PC.
Softbank Message Board
Softbank's Message Board mimics KDDI's service, allowing users to post a message to loved ones, which can then be viewed on the person's mobile phone. They can respond from that device to confirm they're safe.
Japan Shelter Map
A Google Map has been created for around Tokyo, listing lodging places for people who have been affected by the tsunami to stay the night.
PRESS RELEASE: JAPANESE CANADIAN CULTURAL CENTRE TO DONATE $100,000 TO JAPAN EARTHQUAKE RELIEF
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