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RATW Jiro 03

Perhaps humanity isn't so bad

Posted on 2011.03.15 at 20:51
Just wanted to briefly post after this emotionally exhausting several days.

Fortunately, all of my friends are fine after the initial quake and tsunami. However, every day I get updates on energy and food/water shortages from them, which have made it hard to relax.

On top of all of this, it's midterm week, and I have three exams.

However, most of us have kind of put academics on the back burner. My organization at school, Japan Intercultural Network, has banded together with two other Japanese organizations on campus to create Illini 4 Japan. illini4japan.wordpress.com/
We have been working toward fundraising in the wake of this catastrophe, and so as we come up with new ideas for events we will be posting them on the site.

This week we are on our campus quad holding a bake sale. Today was the first day, and we raised over $1000 to donate to the Red Cross! I think by the end of the day Friday we will have raised between $3000 and $4000!

I know most of you are nowhere near Champaign, IL, but I know that all of you can respect and appreciate how hard we are working.

Also, I know I have mentioned it all over my twitter, mixi, and facebook, but I would just like to applaud GLAY and Takuro as an individual for all of their contributions. Yoshiki of X Japan is auctioning off his famous clear grand piano. Members of the Gazette have been volunteering in shelters. It makes me truly happy to see that all of these famous and successful people are still human. It makes me love and appreciate them more and more.

This week some of my faith in humanity has been restored.


いつ amae_ichigo 年月日 2011-03-16 14:42 (UTC) (リンク)
I'm so glad you guys were able to raise so much in one day! That's a huge accomplishment :D

I'm also glad to hear your friends are safe from the earthquake. Let's hope all the victims can recover quickly.
いつ jiro_no_jojo17 年月日 2011-03-25 20:31 (UTC) (リンク)
I thought I replied to this already! Ah!

Yeah I am still really surprised that we raised that much in such a short amount of time. We have a couple more events that we will donate the proceeds from as well.

I'm so glad that all of your loved ones over there are safe as well. I feel so fortunate. I hope that they will recover quickly too. Japan is a very resilient nation and culture, and it seems that they are already on the road to recovery.
いつ doku_rock17 年月日 2011-03-17 01:56 (UTC) (リンク)
the amount of money you guys have raised so far is amazing ♥ good work! do you plan to donate it to the American Red Cross or directly to the Japanese Red Cross? I made my donation directly to the Japanese Red Cross since the American one apparently withholds some of the funds it raises :\
いつ jiro_no_jojo17 年月日 2011-03-25 20:33 (UTC) (リンク)
Hey! I thought I replied to this a long time ago. Oops.

Yeah we discussed which Red Cross branch to go with. It seems that to donate to the Japanese Red Cross we have to convert our donation to yen first. Did you have to do that? The American Red Cross doesn't withhold that much compared to other organizations like Save the Children. So in the end with our charity account at school, I think the RSO told us we have to go through the American branch. I'm not the treasurer of J-Net so I really don't know the details. I'm the secretary- I just make sure everything is organized lol.
いつ doku_rock17 年月日 2011-03-26 20:18 (UTC) (リンク)
it's all good~ sometimes I think I reply to things only to find out I didn't, and by then it's too late to comment without it being awkward lol

I see~ I did mine online so I just had to enter the amount of yen I wanted to donate and that was it. I guess it would be a hassle to have to convert everything. Let's just hope our money gets to where it has to go X3
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