FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Japanese community in Winnipeg will hold a charity event for Children in Tsunami Affected Area of Japan
The event benefits the students in Otsuchi town in Japan, an area that has been severely affected by last year’s earthquake and tsunami. The Exchange District, Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 29th, 2012 (Noon to 11pm). At the Exchange Community Church, 75 Albert Street (2nd floor). The Japanese community will hold a charity event that will be composed of a silent auction of artworks donated by Manitoban artists, live performances, a photograph exhibition of the devastated area, and a presentation of the current situation in Japan. The silent auction will include, not only a good selection of professional paintings, drawings, accessories and photographs, but also Sushi restaurant dinner tickets, autographs from professional dancers from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and other attractive goods and services. There will also be a photography exhibition. In this exhibition, each picture will have been selected by, and accompanied with an explanation by a member of the Japanese community in Winnipeg. In addition, there will be refreshments for sale. Sale hours will be from noon to midnight. Proceeds from all sales will go to the Collaboration school in Otsuchi town coordinated by the NPO Katariba. Why we are donating to NPO Katariba? Atsushi Kawazu is the organizer of this fund-raising event. He is a Japanese student studying International Developmental Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He has been selected as a volunteer worker by a non-profit organization, Katariba, in Japan to participate in the after-school program, and is going to stay there for three months starting in May 2012. He will help students study English and Math and also, administration of the afterschool program. The event is not only for raising cash donations for the people who are suffering, but also for raising awareness about the current situation in the disaster-affected area. Mr. Kawazu will report about his experience with volunteering in Japan after he returns to Winnipeg.

Date: April 29th Sunday, 2012 Time: 12pm-4pm and 6pm-11pm * From 4pm to 6pm, they have Sunday Mass (there will be a break during that time) Venue: Exchange Community Church, 75 Albert Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 1G3 (South of McDermot avenue) 204-956-7745 We are still recruiting volunteers, artists, and sponsors. Show your talent. Anybody who wants to help the kids in the towns can bring your talent to raise cash donations. We provide space, a stage, a PA system, lights, and staff members. You can sing, dance, donate your art works, goods and service for the silent auctions, sell some handmade accessories and you can participate in a bake sale too. If you are good at marketing, please help us promote this event. For people who would like to support us, please visit our staff page or contact Atsushi Kawazu for general event details and donating artworks for the silent auction, Yoshihiro Muramatsu for live performances, Tadao Horikawa for media relations and Charity Sale for Jiyu Iida

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Contact Information Media relations: Tadao Horikawa Email: 204-510-3537 Live performance coordinator: Yoshihiro Muramatsu Email: 204-960-4410 Charity Sale coordinator: Jiyu Iida Email: 204-218-1511 Event representative: Atsushi Kawazu International Developmental Studies at University of Winnipeg Email: 204-930-4982 Staff page Collaboration school NPO Katariba Further information will be updated on the facebook page:

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