Mission A2J’s “Senbazuru” has landed in Kessenuma! Thanks to Wataru Shimada, one of our Advisory Board members, our “senbazuru” took a tour of some of the affected areas (notice the ship in the background!). We are very grateful to all of our supporters who helped made this happen. The next step for our “senbazuru” will be finding a permanent home to help inspire the local people as much as they have inspired all of us. Gambare Nippon!
“Senbazuru” is an ancient tradition that became popular after World War II, when a young girl named Sadako began to fold origami cranes to provide hope after she was diagnosed with leukemia due to the radiation of the atomic bombs. Since then, the 1000 cranes has become a symbol of hope and support for people in need.
Keeping with this sentiment, Mission A2J supporters from all over teamed up to create their own 1000 origami cranes for the victims of the Tsunami and Earthquake tragedy last March. We cannot thank everyone enough for their kindness, and we have shipped the cranes and the Mission A2J banner to Japan to let them know that our prayers and thoughts are with them.
Here are some pictures from our experience. Enjoy!
On Saturday, July 16th, Mission A2J and Wild Dunes Resort helped raise over $11,000 for the victims of Japan. About 80 people enjoyed a doubles clinic, BBQ dinner, and pro exhibition hosted by Mission A2J’s Tom Shimada and Wild Dunes Director of Tennis, Charly Rasheed, after which a donation of $10,000 was made to the American Red Cross on behalf of Mission A2J. The day’s events ended with a silent auction with over 30 items. Thank you to everyone who came out to support Mission A2J, and please continue to follow us by checking back on our website or our Facebook page!
Believe it or not, it has been three months since the tragedies in Japan occurred. Even though the media has moved on to the next story, the page has not turned in Japan and the affected areas. The recovery efforts are still going on strong in Japan, but the road ahead is long and arduous. The area has not changed too much due to the ongoing nuclear situation, but progress is continuing to be made. For more detail information, click onto IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) website.
In 90 days, Mission A2J has raised over $100,000 to help Japan both TODAY and TOMORROW, and everyone is committed to raising more awareness and funds for the people in the Tohoku area. The response that Mission A2J has been getting has been truly inspirational, and we thank everyone who has donated their time, money, and spirit to this cause.
That being said, the summer season is coming upon us, and Mission A2J is preparing for more events throughout the country. If you or anyone you know would like to host an event or has a great idea to help Mission A2J, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com. Stay tuned for an updated schedule of our events!
It is with great honor that Mission A2J announces that former Top 50 ATP player and current TV personality, Shuzo Matsuoka, has joined Mission A2J’s Advisory Board. Through Shuzo’s support of our worthy cause, we look forward to bridging the efforts of the Japanese and American people. If you want to find out more about Shuzo and what he is doing now, click here. Thank you so much for your support, Shuzo!
Help raise awareness by purchasing a Mission A2J T-shirt! Each T-shirt is $15.00, and all sizes are available including kids! If you would like to get one, please e-mail your size and address to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 843.298.5846. Free shipping for the first 25 people!