[TOKYO, JAPAN, 2 March 2012]
|UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri (center).|
With the assistance of countless generous donors both in Japan and abroad, the Japan Committee for UNICEF (JCU) has engaged in assistance activities for children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake since the disaster in March 2011. Even as we approach the one-year anniversary of the devastating triple-disaster, JCU continues to receive letters of encouragement and support from abroad for children in the affected areas.
In February, a donation and letter of encouragement was received from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Nana Mouskouri for the children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. In her message, Ms. Mouskouri emphasized that “it is an honour to be able to support the children.”
|Photo: Spanish Embassy|
|Javier Conde (right) accepting a letter of appreciation.|
Also, on his visit to Tokyo to participate in the Tokyo Marathon in late February, track and field athlete Javier Conde provided a generous donation for the Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief fund. Mr. Conde has participated in all five Paralympics Games since the Barcelona Paralympics, and has earned a total of nine medals, including seven gold medals and two silver medals.
Mr. Conde travels around the world to fulfill his goal of running 28 marathons in eight years. At a ceremony held at the Spanish Embassy to honour the donation, Mr. Conde said, “On this occasion I will donate all donations that I have received for running in the Tokyo Marathon to the children affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. It may not be a lot of money, but I hope that it is put to good use for those affected by the disaster.”
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The Japan Committee for UNICEF is holding an event to report on the past year’s assistance activities in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. The event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 6 March at the UNICEF House (Minato-ku, Tokyo). JCU hopes that this event will serve as a venue for people to come together to consider the future of Japanese children within the context of “child-friendly reconstruction”. This event is open to the public.
One-year Report on Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief »