Hope For Japan: Charity Dinner and Candlelight Vigil @ USF Tampa

“We all know of the devastation that happened in Japan on March 11, 2011.

-A deadly 8.9 earthquake and a massive 23 foot tsunami stormed the country
-The effects of this natural disaster has killed over 10,000 innocent people and left over 500,000 homeless and thousands have been without power
-The effects of these disasters are devastating, still lingering within Japan and they need our help!

We need to come together as the University of South Florida and show that we care and we want to help this country in need.

Together as one we will make the difference…

Hope for Japan Charity Dinner and Vigil
Date: 4/7/11 5pm-7:30pm
Location: MLK Plaza

All donations will go to Charity
$5 per ticket
Enjoy speakers and performances
Tickets will be sold at the event
Raffles will be sold off. Come out and win gift certificates and other things for donating to Japan relief!

Food provided by:
Sushi Tsu
The Rack
Hiro’s
China First Buffet
Tum Nak Thai

Hosted by:
Japanese Club at USF
Chinese Culture Language Club
Vietnamese Student Association
Korean American Student Association
Asia Students in America
Red Cross Club
WWAKE
Association of Filipino Students
Khmer Student Organization
INTO at USF
Sigma Beta Rho
alpha Kappa Delta phi
Pi Delta Psi

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189918907719216

Japan Day: Japan Relief in Tampa

Many local Tampa Bay residents ran a relief event yesterday called Japan Day. Volunteers included Japanese teachers, exchange students, Japanese Club at USF members, and many more. Many booths were at the event and including an origami booth, food stands, kimono (yukata) photo booth, and performances. The event raised over $2,600 for Japan Relief and it’s really great to see everyone coming together as a community to help Japan. Japan continues to suffer from the many deaths and missing people and even today radiation from the nuclear plant explosions that were a result of the massive earthquakes and tsunami continues to make food unsafe in Japan, bringing the Japanese public a silent unrest that has been reported on by many news sources. The supporters at Japan Day creatively used Japanese cuisine to help raise funds and I wanted to show everyone how people are coming together to make a difference.

When you think of the hard work that must have gone into preparing these foods, you realize just how much of a heart people have.

I’ll be posting a few events on my food blog that you can attend if you wish to support Japanese relief in the Tampa area. We can come together and make a difference to the suffering happening in another part of the world and impact them with our thoughts and effort.

Help Japan During This Crisis.

It’s no secret that Japanese cuisine is one of my favorites and I love Japan and Japanese culture in general. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the news, Japan was struck by a 8.9 earthquake this past Friday (the 5th largest earthquake in recorded history). This earthquake created a deadly tsunami that wreaked havoc on Japan. According to Japanese media, 2,000 bodies washed up in Miyagi and several thousands of people are missing and the Japanese government fears that an estimated 10,000 people or more are dead. Japan’s stocks have fallen 6% since the crisis. To make matters worse, many nuclear reactors have become unstable in Japan and two of them have exploded injuring workers and creating fears about radiation in Japan and talks of a possible radiation cloud threat to the Pacific.

You can follow the latest news about Japan on BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698

After reading the La Times Daily Dish Blog, I was motivated to also spread the word about aid in Japan. I’ll quote them and say “If you know of any fundraisers, bake sales or anything else that might be occurring within the food community to help the people of Japan, please let me know about it so we can share the information. It doesn’t matter how big, or how small, this effort is. People are looking for a way to help”. I totally wholeheartedly agree. Please let me know of any efforts to help Japan and I’ll do my best to pass the message on.

Leave a comment here on this post, send me a reply on twitter, leave a post on Facebook, or e-mail me at carloseats [at] gmail.com and I’ll try and spread the word.

If you’re living in the USA you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 for Japan earthquake and Pacific Tsunami or visit this link.

Together we can make a difference in other peoples lives.