Skating Friends Support Japan

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Eislauffan, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  2. mark247

    mark247 New Member

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    Hope this really works out well.
     
  3. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  4. NONKO

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    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.
     
  5. alilou

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    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)))))))))
     
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    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."
     
  7. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    Nonko, thanks for sharing this news - and your thoughts - with us.
     
  8. allezfred

    allezfred Old and Immature Admin Staff Member

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    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:
     
  9. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    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!
     
  12. l'etoile

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    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
     
  13. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    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". :)
     
  14. Eislauffan

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  16. NONKO

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    Eislauffan, thank you very much!
    Thanks a lot for sweet messages from skaters to Japan.
    Thanks a lot, everyone who sends thoughts, messages and money to Japan.

    Thank Russia for considerations to Japan in the opening and closing ceremony of World Championship.
    Thank St. Petersburg and skaters for making a benefit.
    Here are written or spoken in Japanese, but you can see photos and video clips.
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/110428/spm1104280117002-n1.htm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKTDRsYZPTU
    http://www.youtube.com/user/sk8erMA1987#p/a/u/1/fFAiMUIAOLY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lw6iMgBpWO4

    Kozuka, Asada, Murakami, Oda, Takahashi and more Japanese skaters made benefits on May 7th in Nagoya, Japan. Proceeds from ticket sales, merchandise and fund-raising will go to victims.
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=78463

    Asada made “The Ice” shows in Nagoya every summer. This summer it will happen in Nagoya and Osaka as benefits. She will not get any performance fees. Proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise will go to victims
    And Kozuka and Asada have a plan to make an ice show in disaster areas and invite victims free.
    http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/110506/spm1105061719000-n1.htm
     
  17. midori

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    I did not manage to go watch the show but read tons of positive reports by those who did!

    Kozuka, who proposed and carried out this fund-raising event, even handcrafted 8 donation boxes by himself. (pic: http://weblog.ctv.co.jp/ehonda/tFsHDUE) Also he must have been done some of the organizing work BEFORE the world championships!

    Akiko posted some shots of their after-party to her blog, and says they all danced to Mambo as Dai's SP choreography, from start to finish! http://ameblo.jp/suzuki-akko/entry-10885001191.html Check out the last picture of the blog entry LOL
     
  18. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Kozuka made those boxes?!!!!! I'm so impressed. They are beautiful.
     
  19. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    As we are uploading more and more video messages, we save the links under "my videos". We only can display six videos at a time on the homepage.
    Yuko Kavaguti/Alexander Smirnov's video is online now as well.
     
  21. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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    Very very thanks Russian people and everyone who were involved in these events for your thoughtful messages to Japan.:)
    Огромное спасибо Россию!:)

    Opening Ceremony
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG3I-1dWyVs&feature=youtu.be
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyn-yqkgdhE&feature=youtu.be
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HUR5W45XKU&NR=1

    Gala Finale
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIn-XMS5TNI

    Message from the Russian Skating Federation to Japan
    “
    Poem dedicating to Japan

    The earth gave a groan of pain.
    All of world was shocked by nature force.
    Water flushed anything to the deep sea.

    But the sun rises in the east, no matter what happens.
    Earthquake or tsunami cannot win against light.

    We wish our God keep lives of anyone on the earth.

    We wish
    there will be a lot of parks Sakura bloom,
    there will be a lot of parks white birches bloom,
    birds will sing spring songs
    and flags will be raised up for congratulation on victories.

    Children desire adults will shake hands with friends,
    and will not forget we are in a family on the earth.
    “
     
  23. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    Here is another update for our donation website!
    Michal Brezina has joined the action: http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends
    Watch his video message (in Czech).

    Also Tatjana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov are with "Skating Friends Support Japan" and have uploaded their video message on Facebook.

    We are at 25 percent of our donation target. We hope to reach the target and maybe raise even more. Please help Japan. Each donation is appreciated. Thank you.
     
  24. NONKO

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  26. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    I am such a dumb**
    I clicked through the site and wanted to donate to your cause and I accidentally donated to the whole site.
    It is no big deal as it will still arrive at the same centre but I wanted to say thank you for doing this with the donation as well.
    Crap.
     
  27. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for donating. Too bad it is not listed on the Skating Friends site, but as you say, it all goes to the Japanese-American Lions Club anyway. I just don't know how you did it. I clicked on our site and going from there I didn't even find another donation site.
     
  28. Hedwig

    Hedwig Rarely here anymore but I try to be better!

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    It took me quite a while even. :lol:
    I tried to sign up and then I signed in to make a donation side myself (which I never wanted - I only wanted to donate...) and then I clicked from there on and finally found a way to donate only to later find out that it was not to the Skating Friends but the Lions club in general.
    I guess it took an enormous amount of stupidity to even accomplish that. :eek:
     
  29. Eislauffan

    Eislauffan Well-Known Member

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    Ok, so everyone who wants to donate, please keep in mind that you don't have to sign in or anything (unless you want to open your own fundraising site, which you are welcome to do). You just need to click on the red "donate now" button on the "Skating Friends Support Japan" site (http://www.nyjalccfundraising.com/e/skatingfriends) which is a subsite of the Japanese-American Lions Club fundraising website.

    Thank you!
     
  30. sarah009

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    I was wondering if I could donate by PayPal...