A charity day in aid of those suffering the effects of the tsunami in Japan is being held at Shaw Ridge Primary School on Saturday 11 June, 12.30pm to 4pm.
Sawako Halton, who runs a Japanese language group for children at the West Swindon school said, “some of our members’ families in Japan are having difficult lives since the tsunami. With this event we will be offering an opportunity for Japanese people in the area to get in touch with each other and share during this difficult time. We will also be raising funds to support the tsunami disaster victims, and offer an entertaining afternoon for anyone wishing to come along.”
The day is split into two parts. The morning will be for children with Japanese family members. Anyone who would like to come along to enjoy a cake stall, a table-top sale, a Japanese food sale, live music and a martial arts display is invited from 12.30pm to 4pm. Refreshments, including fresh Japanese food, will be available.
Admission is £5, children free.
Sawako said, “up to early May, 14,898 people had died, 9,922 people were missing and 120,000 people were still living in shelters. They are still finding bodies every day. The nuclear radiation from Fukushima is serious in many ways: safety for people is of course important, but agriculture, livestock and fishing businesses are in danger as their products are not selling due to concerns about contamination.”
Group member Mika Barlow, who has family in the affected area, said, “it’s very frustrating not to be able to be there. I feel I must do anything I can, like fundraising, in the hope that it will help them.”