Support Japan 2011 – Gambare Nippon! News Release #3

Support Japan 2011 – Gambare Nippon

Japanese Cultural Event and T-shirt campaign launch
at Hillside Centre a huge success!

March 30, 2011, Victoria, BC

, Support Japan 2011 – Gambare Nippon! News Release #3, VNCS

The Support Japan 2011 Gambare Nippon group held the first of several fundraising events to help their friends and families in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

The first fundraiser was held on Saturday, March 26th at the Hillside Shopping Centre. The program included 5 hours of free cultural performances as well as Japanese craft activities for the general public. Over 1,100 t-shirts were sold, despite selling out of children sizes early. Over $6,000 in donations was raised for the Canadian Red Cross-Japan Earthquake/Asia Pacific Tsunami Fund. In total, over $14,500 in net proceeds was raised for the Canadian and Japanese Red Cross Associations.

This umbrella group, Support Japan 2011, Gambare Nippon began their fundraising with an extensive t-shirt campaign. Gambare Japan appears in Japanese characters and means Never Give Up, Japan. The t-shirts sell for $10 with all net proceeds going to the Japanese Red Cross. The goal is to sell 5,000 shirts.

One of the main goals of the group is to thank the general public for the wonderful support of the Japanese community and the people of Japan by offering opportunities for the community to learn more about the country they are helping rebuild. To date, over 3,000 shirts have been sold and the group is just now working out arrangements for distribution to handle requests from people, schools, ministries and companies from communities throughout the island and possibly other parts of Canada. The next major events scheduled are Saturday, April 9, 2011 with a dinner gala fundraiser at Golden City Restaurant and another free community event with silent auction, bake and craft sale and entertainment at Ecole Victor Brodeur School on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

The Gala Dinner at the Golden City Restaurant will feature entertainment, including Ryan Narciso singing “Tears at My Door”, a tribute song for Japan written by Connie Dunwoody and Marlon Narciso. These local musicians were pleased to announce at the Hillside event that they have lent their song to be the theme song of the Support Japan 2011 Gambare Nippon Group.

The evening will have other Japanese entertainment including traditional Minyo singing, an interactive raffle and live auction. Some auction items include dinner for 8 cooked at your own home by executive chef, Takashi Ito and hotel manager, Scott Hoadley of the Inn at Laurel Point Also up for bid is a travel package that includes a “Gift of Flight” tickets for two anywhere that Westjet flies. Tickets are $50 with a tax receipt for a portion of the ticket. Net proceeds will go to the Canadian and Japanese Red Cross Associations.

The free Community Event on Saturday, April 16 from 11 am-4 pm will feature cultural performances, bake and craft sale, silent auction and cultural activities for the whole family. This event will be held at the Ecole Victor Brodeur School, 637 Head Street in Esquimalt. Free parking.

About the Support Japan 2011 Gambare Nippon group

The four largest Japanese Canadian organizations in Victoria have joined together to raise funds for emergency relief efforts in Japan. The organizations involved are the Japanese Friendship Society (JFS), Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society (VNCS), Victoria Morioka Friendship Society (VMFS) and the Victoria Japanese Heritage Language School Society (VJHLSS).

Other Support Japan 2011 Gambare Nippon fundraisers planned.

Children’s Day Festival community event Saturday, May 7
University Heights Mall Free admission

Information for these events will be updated on

Media contact: Michael Abe
President, Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society
Spokesperson, Support Japan 2011 Gambare Nippon

Cell: (250) 704-6164
Email: or