Friday, March 25, 2011


I hope that we will not too soon forget that a nation is still reeling from one of the greatest natural disasters in history.  

I am so thankful to those who donated to my LA Marathon Japan Tsunami Relief Fundraiser for the American Red Cross.  Those few hundred dollars will definitely help. 

A few friends of mine are also helping in the effort.  Genevieve, in Hong Kong, is running ~25k in honor of Japan (around a horse race track).  And Anna, my friend who teaches and lives in Fukui, Japan, has been working hard since the event, collecting supplies.

On April 11, Anna will be running 5k to raise funds for the stricken areas of her country.  Anna writes the following:

"As someone who lives in Japan, I have been both shocked at the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami, and amazed at how people are coming together to help those in need. Watching these events unfold, I’ve had one continuous thought on my mind, 'How can I help?'. And when I sat down to think about what I could do, I turned to what I know best: running.

As a keen runner from a young age, I have entered many races and seen what charity runs can do. Each year the London marathon raises millions for charities, and now its our turn to make a difference for Japan.’s your chance. On Sunday, April 10th, at 3:11pm I am challenging myself to run 5toSurvive -- 5kms to benefit earthquake/tsunami relief -- and I'm asking all of you to join me. This is an event created for everyone, no matter who or where you are, to join forces and help.

If you're a serious runner then go for it, if you're not then have fun! Invite some friends, put on a costume, and walk the distance with a bucket for donations along the way. The great thing is you can decide the details of your event, but you'll be doing it with others from around the world.

The idea is to run or walk 5km and raise money by doing it. Trust me, this really is where you can make a difference. There are 47 prefectures in Japan. If one person can raise 10,000 yen per prefecture, it will be 470,000 yen. Imagine what a group of 5 or 10 of you can do! (And now imagine runs in New York, London, Toronto, LA and you see what we are going to achieve!)

It’s easy to raise money -- just join the 5toSurvive team on and your friends and family can easily donate to GlobalGiving’s earthquake relief efforts. Here’s how you get started in a few easy steps:

STEP 1: Go to and click 'Get Started.' and 'Make Your Page.' Choose 'Personal Challenge' and follow the directions. Now go to and click 'Join Team.' (Down at the bottom where it lists the team members). Select the page that you just made and join the team!

STEP 2: Create your 5km course. (There's a number of websites you can use for this, I would recommend

STEP 3: Plan your event -- Big or small, its up to you. Feel free to run on your own. Or find people to run with you: a few friends or your local AJET group, running club, or college’s Japanese Culture Association. (To add an extra element of fun, plan to wear costumes!)

STEP 4: Raise awareness and tell people to sponsor you through your page so you can track your progress.

STEP 5: Go out and do it!

If you have any questions or are having trouble getting your 5km together, please contact

I’m urging you to do what you can to raise donations and awareness! There really is no quick fix, and rebuilding the region will take years. By joining 5toSurvive and running or walking what is probably less than your everyday commute to work, you can be a part of a worldwide effort to remember the victims of the tsunami and give the people still struggling in the face of such devastation a helping hand. If running isn’t your thing or you want to do more then follow in mine and others footsteps, I’d encourage you to organise something by yourself or with your friends!

Thanks! And I’ll see you on the starting line."


Name: 5toSurvive: Running for Japan

Date and time: April 10th, 3.11pm

Brief explanation:

An International 5km walk/run in aid of he Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief. More locations are added daily but we hope that with further promotion, we will be able to reach out and provide everyone with a easily accessible location to get involved.

The proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross, Living Dreams and Smile Kids Japan.

For more information on these charities please see the links below:

American Red Cross:

Living Dreams:

Smile Kids Japan:

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