Communications Coordinator, LCIF
Society marks anniversary of devastating earthquake and tsunami with additional donation to affected area, assisted living facility in Sendai, Japan
March 29, 2012, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, USA – The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth (JASDFW) has donated an additional US$85,500 to Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) to aid ongoing earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts in Sendai, Japan.
The donation marks the one-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and is the result of ongoing fundraising from the Dallas/Fort Worth community that began immediately following the March 2011 disaster. For the last year, JASDFW has continued to raise funds to support recovery needs in Sendai, which is the city of Dallas’s International Friendship City and the largest city hit by the earthquake and tsunami.
The US$85,500 donation is in addition to an initial gift of US$100,000 from JASDFW to LCIF in June 2011. The combined total of US$185,500 will support reconstruction of the Mori no Sato nursing home in Sendai following extensive tsunami damage.
“The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth is very happy to be a part of Mori-no-Sato’s reconstruction,” said JASDFW board president David Schnetzer. “As soon as people in this community heard about the disaster, they were eager to know what they could do to help our friends in Japan. We know that their financial gifts will help rebuild, in a very tangible way, both the lives of Sendai residents and the city itself.”
Mori no Sato, a long-term nursing care institution for the elderly, is located in Sendai’s Wakabayashi ward, a coastal area badly damaged by the tsunami. Many of the institution’s 150-plus residents whose rooms were flooded remain on the second and third floors of the facility.
“Mori no Sato, which suffered immense damage during the tsunami, is currently undertaking reconstruction efforts,” said Yoshimasa Asano, director of the Sendai City Senior Citizens Planning Section. “As expenses for reconstruction are sizeable, we would like to thank everyone in Dallas for your charitable contribution. Your kindness and support have been invaluable in the reconstruction efforts at Mori no Sato. We would like to offer our most heartfelt gratitude to everyone in Dallas on behalf of all of the staff and residents at Mori no Sato.”
Sendai, a friendship city of Dallas, has a population of approximately 1 million people and is the capital of Miyagi prefecture, which sits along Japan’s northeastern coast. When the 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck, hundreds of people lost their lives and thousands of households were destroyed. Sendai officials estimate the local damage at nearly US$8 billion.
“As we mark the one year anniversary of the tragedy that occurred in Japan, we can know that through our Foundation and its supporters, we truly made a difference in the recovery and relief efforts for those in need. Especially notable are the continued, long-term relief efforts taking place because of the Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth," said Sid L. Scruggs, III, Chairperson of Lions Clubs International Foundation. "I thank their members for their dedication to those in Japan and to Lions Clubs International Foundation. Together, we can shine a light of hope for those that are counting on us.”
JASDFW continues to raise funds and direct support to Sendai through its “Sendai Relief Fund” which anyone can contribute to by visiting: www.jasdfw.org . All donated funds will be directed to LCIF for Sendai earthquake and tsunami recovery.
Lions Clubs International Foundation is the charitable arm of Lions Clubs International, the largest service club organization in the world with 1.35 million members in 207 geographic areas and countries. Over the last 10 years, LCIF has provided US$65 million for disaster relief worldwide. LCIF has been ranked the #1 NGO to partner with, according to a Financial Times study. Learn more about LCIF online at www.lcif.org.
The Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth has a 42-year history of contributing to mutual understanding between the United States and Japan through educational, cultural, business, and exchange programs. JASDFW is a member of the National Association of Japan-America Societies, headquartered in Washington, D.C., which links 37 local Japan-America societies.