Charity Dinner for Japan Tsunami Victims

Saturday, April 16, 2011 – Bayview Glen Church, Woodbridge, ON.

Last weekend, Nhóm Thiện Chí Toronto, our organizing committee made up of members from many different Vietnamese community groups, held a charity dinner and concert to fundraise for the relief effort in Japan. Although our community is not particularly large, we decided to come together to support our brothers and sisters in Japan, all the victims who have been devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck their country back in March. It was impossible to know of their distress and not reach out to them when doing so is completely within our abilities.

The evening was a success, and we have raised over $24,000.00 with only 2 weeks of preparation. Our Japanese-Canadian guests from the JCCC (Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre) Foundation expressed such genuine thanks that it brought tears to my eyes. They are such strong spirited and sweet individuals.

I sincerely hope Japan will recover from this disaster and that all of the victims will find peace.

Here are some photos from the evening…

Thank you to our photographer Brian Nguyen!

Pray for Japan

As I sit here in my safe and warm house, I can’t stop thinking about the devastation recently caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan. All the news and footage pouring out from the country is heartbreaking, but all the aid, relief, support and love the world is sending to Japan is also inspiring. Japan is a nation long known for its strong will, determination, togetherness and endurance, and I am confident the Japanese people will pull through.

If you haven’t already done so, please clasp your hands together tonight and say a prayer for the people of Japan. Pray for the person who is still fighting for their life to pull through. Pray for the person still trapped under the rubble to quickly be found. Pray for the person still searching for missing loved ones to be reunited. It is the least we can do from over here.

God bless Japan!

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” -Albert Pine