Courtesy Steveston Rotary
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2012
Walk to Rebuild the Lives of Onagawa‘s Children Post-Tsunami
The Richmond and Steveston community will be rallying in support of the children of Onagawa, Japan this Sunday in memory of the anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in 2011, said Rotary Organizer and Richmond City Councillor Bill McNulty.
“We were overwhelmed by the turnout and the generosity of our residents last year when this event raised over $100,000 for Japan Tsunami Relief,” said McNulty. “Although we’re now a year later, there are still people that need our help as they rebuild their lives and I’m proud we’re keeping this tradition going.”
This year’s Walk to Rebuild the Lives of Onagawa’s Children, hosted by the Steveston Rotary Club, will see participants walk a one kilometer route starting from Fisherman’s Park at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Every hour on the hour from 10am to 2pm, supporters will participate in the memorial walk. All funds raised will be going to support children in need in the small village of Onagawa, Japan, near the heavily damaged city of Sendai.
“Many children lost their parents in the earthquake and tsunami, and I’m proud that we will collect donations to continue helping them,” said Richmond and Steveston Community Leader Jim Kojima. “We must never forget those most in need, and thanks to the generosity of our community, I feel we’ll continue to support them for years to come.”
Steveston’s ties with Japan began in 1877 with the arrival of the Asian nation’s first immigrant, and those ties continue to this day.