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Eislauffan
04-21-2011, 08:39 PM
Dear all,

we are pleased to tell you that our fundraising action "Skating Friends Support Japan" has just started now here: https://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/

Skating Friends Support Japan

Figure skating related fundraising action for Japan kicks off with moved World Championships

Who: A group of skating friends decided to start a long-term fundraising operation with regards of the close connection between figure skating and Japan.

What: All the funds that are collected on the internet platform https://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/ will be used directly for victims of the disaster areas in Japan, through the Lions Club International.

Why: The ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2011 were scheduled to take part in Tokyo, Japan, in March. As a result of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, the championships were postponed and moved to Moscow, Russia (April 25 to May 1). Figure skating is a very popular sport in Japan and figure skaters all over the World love competing and performing in Japan.

Please join the action, each dollar counts and also, spread the word so that as many skating fans as possible can participate.
Updates will follow!

Thank you for taking part.

mark247
04-22-2011, 12:05 AM
Hope this really works out well.

Eislauffan
04-22-2011, 08:00 AM
I hope so, too! The key to success is that as many people as possible know about it and participate not only by (hopefully) donating, even if it just a small amount, but also by posting the link on their FB pages, Twitter etc.

NONKO
04-26-2011, 12:53 AM
We Japanese appreciate your support for Japan.
Millions of people stay in very hard in our country. Japan needs your support and love.
Thank you very much!

In Moscow, Japanese skaters participated in the official practice having the mourning bands on the arms.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/japanese-skaters-thoughts-homeland-world-championships-163845478.html

And Japanese Skating Federation started the project to send folded paper cranes to victims in the Moscow arena.
http://www.jiji.com/jc/eqa?g=eqa&k=2011042500835

If you go see World Championship in Moscow, would you join?

Actually I went to Fukushima last weekend. As you know, nuclear plant accidents are not over and people have very hard time there.
Why can we stop supporting them?
But the Spring has come even in the disaster area. Sakura is very beautiful overcoming earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant accidents.
http://blogs.yahoo.co.jp/nonko116/19906010.html

Your donation will help Japan very much. It is wonderful!

If you like Japan, would you come here? IAEA and the Japanese Government have been announcing radioactivity in Japan.
Most of area is safe and radioactivity is as low now as usual.
http://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/tsunamiupdate01.html
http://atmc.jp/

We Japanese are never in panic or disorganize, but are always polite and well-ordered.
Lawless zone has never happened in Tokyo, Osaka or any cities in Japan after the disasters.
But World Figure Skate Championship moved to Moscow, a lot of artists from abroad cancelled concerts and tourists stopped coming to Japan.
We are missing them very much.

Ice shows and NHK Trophy will happen in the next season. Japan will overcome difficulties and will become more beautiful country in a future.
Hope skaters will come from the world and perform in Japan and skate fans will come and see them from the world.

A friend in hard is friend indeed.
We really appreciate Tomash Verner, Stephane Lambiel and Johnny Weir will perform in Japan this summer.

alilou
04-26-2011, 03:03 AM
Nonko, thank you for your post, and especially for the link to your blog - the cherry blossoms are so beautiful.

I would love to visit, but it's not possible at the moment.

Sending prayers and healing and good wishes for the whole country. It broke my heart to see what Japan went through. It is a mirror for all of to see how fragile life is, and how mighty nature is.

(((((((Japan)))))))))

work suspended
04-26-2011, 03:55 AM
We Japanese are never in panic or disorganize, but are always polite and well-ordered.
Lawless zone has never happened in Tokyo, Osaka or any cities in Japan after the disasters.

I panic easily. I'm always disorganized, and yet I'm Japanese too. ;)

Don't take me wrong, but please be careful when you use the phrase "we Japanese."

skatesindreams
04-26-2011, 03:04 PM
Nonko, thanks for sharing this news - and your thoughts - with us.

allezfred
04-26-2011, 03:25 PM
I would really urge anyone who has plans or is thinking of going to Japan to go. It's a fantastic country to visit and it will really help the economy.

At least that was my excuse when I went there last month and bought lots of things. :shuffle:

Eislauffan
05-01-2011, 02:34 PM
Listen now to messages from skaters on the Skating Friends Support Japan fundraising website: http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

The first two videos are online and more are to come. Please join the action. Thank you!

Eislauffan
05-03-2011, 08:31 AM
Three-time and reigning World Champions Aljona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy support "Skating Friends Support Japan" with their video message. View it on the fundraising website http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

Eislauffan
05-03-2011, 09:30 PM
We now have a video message from Maia and Alex Shibutani for "Skating Friends Support Japan".
It would be great if more and more people can spread the link and participate. Each donation is welcome. Thank you!

l'etoile
05-03-2011, 10:17 PM
I don't know if this falls into this thread's intention, but right after the ceremony at the Worlds, Yuna Kim donated her prize money for the children affected by the Japan earthquake.

Another skater that supports Japan!

http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/52551374

Eislauffan
05-03-2011, 10:53 PM
I don't know if this falls into this thread's intention, but right after the ceremony at the Worlds, Yuna Kim donated her prize money for the children affected by the Japan earthquake.

Another skater that supports Japan!

http://www.feverskating.com/fevers/52551374

Of course it falls into this thread's intention. It is great that Yuna Kim supports Japan with her donation. Everyone can do the same by joining "Skating Friends Support Japan". :-)

Eislauffan
05-04-2011, 10:37 PM
We've now uploaded a video message of Carolina Kostner: http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

Eislauffan
05-06-2011, 09:33 PM
We've uploaded another video to the donation page:http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends

Check out who it is. :-)