I’ve been very quiet this weekend, due to the events in Japan. Having lived there for a number of years, I have been frantic getting information on friends living there in different parts of Japan, and completely devastated by the news coming out of the country. I’ve been functioning in a half-awake state, but am slowly snapping out of it–
If you wish to get up to date info on the status in Japan, I urge you to stay away from “drama-hungry” news, and stick to the basics.
BBC Automatic refreshing of news. One woman’s horse was found via one update, and identified by one reader as belonging to a woman interviewed in a different bbc story via these updates…
CNN (live updates and constant video, including some translations of NHK news)
Reuters Automatic Refreshing- good multiple sources here with filtered reader contributions.
NHK Livestream (Translated in English)
In Japan, one of my friend’s coworkers in Tokyo immediately packed up his van with donations and supplies and headed to Sendai, where he is still currently trying to get through the broken roads to people who need supplies. Brave and terrifying… I am beyond words for how I feel after all of this, but certainly it’s nothing compared to those caught in the turmoil of the disaster there.
Locally, I’m so proud of my friends who have all banded together to create the #PrayForJapan Art Fundraiser Exhibition this weekend. I will be participating and donating the service of my event production company, Bubble Punch, and also donating Chubby Bunny bows to be used in a charity raffle at the event.
Below is info for the event, and also information on how YOU can help make this event a positive and great fundraiser to help those in Japan!
I usually try to keep Chubby Bunny & Bubble Punch stuff separate, but it’s impossible not to include everyone and everything in this great event for a great cause:
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 19, 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: JapanLA, 7320 1/2 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA
SWEET STREETS is hosting a “#PrayForJapan” Art Fundraiser in response to the recent earthquake in Japan. 100% of art sales will be donated to the American Red Cross and those close to us. Please contact us at email@example.com to inquire. An opening reception will be held on Saturday March 19, 2011 from 7pm-10pm.
If you would prefer to donate money, we recommed donating to the American Red Cross. There are a lot of unreliable donation requests online now, and not enough info from Japan yet. Visit http://bit.ly/eZJDoJ to donate directly (or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10).
Now accepting artwork! Artwork Submissions are now closed! Thank you all for your generous Donations!
PLEASE NOTE: 100% PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED TO THE RED CROSS.
What we really need is a donation of your TIME! =D
☆ We need volunteers!
This exhibition would not be possible without your help. We are accepting volunteers to set up, hang artwork, and spread the word.
We need volunteers for:
1) Friday, March 18th:
(We are ESPECIALLY shorthanded this day!! TONS of art coming in all at once and not enough hands to help!)
Artwork hanging and show setup.
11:30AM – 2:30PM (5 people)
2:30PM – 5:30PM (5 people)
5:30PM – 7:00PM (5 people)
2) Saturday March 19th: Event greeters, door security, watching store, art selling. Shift:
6PM – 10PM (10 people)
If you can assist during any of these shifts, please let us know!
1. Day/shift you can work
2. Your full name
3. Cellphone # and email address you can be reached at
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We need allt he help we can get to make this a success!
We hope to see you at this event!