[Tokyo, March 19, 2011]
|© Japan Committee for UNICEF|
|The first shipment of relief supplies, 20 tons of drinking water, arrives at the affected area.|
Generous support is pouring in from throughout Japan for victims who suffered catastrophic loss in the 2011 Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake that occurred on March 11. In the afternoon of March 19, the first shipment of relief supplies, 20 tons of drinking water, arrived in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.
As of 12:00 p.m. on March 18, the total amount of money donated to the Japan Committee for UNICEF exceeded 350 million yen. We deeply appreciate your generosity and continued support.
Dr. Agnes Chan, Ambassador of the Japan Committee for UNICEF, has been enthusiastically working as a spokesperson for children ever since she assumed the ambassadorship in 1998. She has donated 10 million yen to the Emergency Donation. She has sent a message to disaster victims saying that she and her friends will do everything they can to help the victims of the disaster.
In the wake of the 2011 Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake that occurred on March 11, singer-songwriter and “AEON 1% Club Campaign” Ambassador Ms. Ai Kawashima also sent a message to disaster victims and the people of Japan.
I am deeply saddened knowing that so many people perished in the earthquake and tsunami that hit eastern Japan.
It is difficult to know what to say, what words to give to those who have been affected by this devastating tragedy
The painful images and grievous crying we see and hear on TV is heartbreaking. I think that every Japanese person, and every person in the world, must now be thinking, “I must do something” or “I want to do something to help!!”
I could become a professional singer because of a lot of love given to me on the street. I racked my brain trying to find a way to help, and decided to do street performance. I would like to give the love that was given to me to the disaster victims who are suffering right now.
Thank you very much for your support.
Ms. Ai Kawashima will donate all the proceeds from the street performance, which started on March 17, and CD sales to UNICEF’s Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief. In addition, “Download for Reconstruction” fund-raising started on March 18. Two songs that Ms. Kawashima wrote are available for download through the Chaku-uta (105 yen) and Chaku-uta Full® (315 yen) ring-tone download services. Ms. Kawashima will donate all the proceeds from the songs.