The coastal regions of Bay of Bengal were in a turmoil. As he drove by the General Hospital in Cuddalore, my parents witnessed heaps of dead bodies lying around the hospital campus. My eyes turn moist when I think about that day. The word “tsunami” was heard for the first time and slowly the death toll went high as each day passed by. Loved ones went missing, some were dead, lost their home and wealth.
When I heard the news about Japan Tsunami, I could imagine the degree of their trauma and the courage and strength they will need to fight back. They need our prayers, mental,physical and also financial support. It isn’t possible for me to go to Japan and get on the grounds to help them. Little which I could do was to participate in an event that would generate some funds for them. The moment I received a group mail about the bake sale for Japan, I didn’t even think twice to participate in the event .I immediately contacted Samin and she shared the contact email for Paige of Canning with Kids who was organizing the sale in San Jose.
S and I had been thinking about ways to send money to the people of Japan. Apart from Red Cross, we couldn’t get find any genuine charity organization. When I told S about the bake sale happening in San Jose, we felt that this is the perfect opportunity to show our care for the people of Japan. In an effort to lend our helping hand, I am participating in the “BAKE SALE FOR JAPAN” event.
Want to take part? Here’s what you need to know:
When: Saturday, April 2nd from 10am-2pm
Where: Roy’s Station (197 Jackson St. in San Jose)
Who: Professional and amateur bakers, cooks, artists, artisans, and musicians coming together around food to make something BIG happen.
How: Want to help? We’ll need bakers, artists, volunteers, and lots and lots of customers. Please send offers of help to firstname.lastname@example.org
Why: So we can donate BIG BUCKS to Peace Winds Japan and help our brothers and sisters over there in the best way we can.
We will be folding 1,000 paper cranes to send to friends in Japan. Do you have origami paper to donate? Can you teach others how to fold cranes on the day of the sale? Send an email to Paige.
After the bakesale is over, we’ll be continuing our celebration and support of Japan. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ukulele Jams and Ukulele Source will be holding a Kanikapila at the Roy’s Station to benefit Japanese Red Cross Tsunami and Earthquake Victims. Smiley and Janet Kai of Ukulele Source will be donating a Ukulele for the raffle. Baristas will be donating all of their tips for the day, and Roy’s Station will be donating 10% of their sales.
Roy’s will have some great prizes to raffle off, including a Kala soprano travel ‘ukulele (MSRP $225.00). 100% of the raffle proceeds will be donated to the relief fund. We will be using Jim Beloff’s The Daily Uke for most of the songs for our monthly kanikapilas. This books is a compilation of 365 songs (one for every day of the year) with a good variety. If you would like your own copy, you can pick one up at Ukulele Source. For each book sold between now and April 2nd, Ukulele Source will donate $5.00 to the relief fund.