Alberni fundraiser to help Japanese relief effort

Awareness, preparedness and money for the relief effort are behind a fundraising event for the victims of the Japanese tsunami and earthquake.

The event is being held at Echo Centre this Saturday, April 2 from 1–4 p.m. and is being hosted by the Alberni Valley Twinning Society.

Other national and world events are overshadowing the fallout from the earthquake and tsunami, event spokesperson Gillian Trumper said.

“The federal election and events in Libya have pushed Japan a little further down the public consciousness,” she said. “But their needs remain very real.”

A silent auction and bake sale are being held that include items from several local businesses.

Crafts including origami and Japanese character lessons are being taught.

And emergency supplies in the event of a tsunami or earthquake will be available for people to buy.

A presentation on earthquake preparedness is scheduled as well.

“People need to be aware—it’s not like someone else is going to prepare for them,” Trumper said.

We of all people should be aware of the dangers of a tsunami.”

Donations are being accepted at the event in the form of cash, Visa, Mastercard or debit, Trumper said.

All event proceeds are being sent directly to the Japanese Red Cross. “We know it will be put to immediate use.”

Trumper was mayor when Port Alberni was subject to a tsunami warning in the mid 1980s and called the effort  “a good wakeup call”.

“It just might be us one day,” she said.

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

BCHL: Bulldogs new coach Joe Martin looking for hard skill, winning attitude

Alberni Valley team heads into new era with new owners, coaches, expectations

China Creek bullhead derby a hit

Derby was organized by the Port Alberni Port Authority

Go Bearfoot in the Park and help kids too in Port Alberni

Fundraising event will take place at Blair Park on Aug. 24

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Two B.C. suspects of a Canada-wide manhunt reportedly recorded a cellphone video… Continue reading

Sproat Lake residents oppose large-scale cannabis production in their neighbourhood

Community group calls public meeting for Aug. 21 to discuss implications to ACRD land

UPDATE: Wildfire east of Port Alberni under control

Crews continue to mop up 3.1-hectare fire

Vancouver Island RCMP hunt for man after pair of indecent exposure incidents

Elderly Qualicum Beach woman grabbed by man who had been masturbating in the woods

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Pile of wood mulch ‘spontaneously combusts’ at Vancouver Island industrial site

Business owner thanks fire department for quick response

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

Most Read