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Chris Li
03-14-2011, 10:14 AM
50 years ago Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba visited Hawaii, his one and only visit to the United States, to forge a "Silver Bridge" between Japan and the global community.

In February of this year Aikido Celebration 2011 was held in Hawaii. Aikido Celebration 2011 was a commemorative seminar and banquet with Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba and Waka Sensei Mitsuteru Ueshiba which was attended by almost 500 Aikido students from around the world.

Yesterday, the Aikido Celebration 2011 organizing committee voted to donate the entire proceeds of that event, totaling almost $25,000, to the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cross.

Best,

Chris

AsimHanif
03-14-2011, 11:38 AM
!!!

Allen Beebe
03-14-2011, 11:47 AM
My hat is off to the Organizing Committee. Their contribution of money will certainly be of benefit to those in need, and their contribution of strong proactive humanitarian leadership serves as a fine example for others.

Thank you for sharing Chris!

Janet Rosen
03-14-2011, 11:47 AM
That is just an amazing and wonderful and fitting addendum to the celebration.

Susan Dalton
03-14-2011, 12:46 PM
Hi Chris,
Do you know the logistics of how you made the donation? Our dojo wants to send a donation to the Japanese Red Cross and I do not see how to donate to them directly. Thanks!
Susan

Keith Larman
03-14-2011, 01:27 PM
Well done.

Keith Larman
03-14-2011, 01:33 PM
WRT the red cross. Just call a local chapter and say you want to make a donation and have it earmarked for Japan. They'll handle the rest.

Another good charity, fwiw, is Mercy Corps (http://www.mercycorps.org/). They have one of the highest "paythroughs" of major charities. Something like 90%. Many charities only end up having a fraction go through.

There are also a number of sites on-line that rate charities for their policies, giving rates, etc. Be aware that with every disaster scams appear. And some really big charities are fairly well known for being, well, terrible.

aikishihan
03-14-2011, 02:27 PM
It is called "Kokua" in the Hawaiian vernacular, indicating "help".

The words of Mahalo (Thank you), Kokua (assistance) and Aloha ( the catch all word for Love for all things), are distinctly Hawaiian, but resonate through the consciousness of societies all over the world.

Thank you, Organizers of the Aikido Celebration 2011, for gifting us once more of your most special display of O Sensei's Aiki.

What a magnanimous act, one the entire Aikido community, and the Founder, applaud and salute.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Susan Dalton
03-14-2011, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the info about the Red Cross. We may actually donate to Doctors Without Borders--lots of good organizations out there doing good work and bless all of them right now. My thoughts are with all the people who have lost loved ones, homes, and all the other things they've lost. Also, I'm thinking about those who are trying to find loved ones.
Susan

crbateman
03-14-2011, 04:14 PM
Wonderful! I hope others will follow your lead. The Japanese people often prefer to suffer in silence rather than to ask for help. It is we who should reach out to them.

Chris Li
03-14-2011, 09:15 PM
Hi Chris,
Do you know the logistics of how you made the donation? Our dojo wants to send a donation to the Japanese Red Cross and I do not see how to donate to them directly. Thanks!
Susan

Like Keith said. It's pretty easy, they do it all the time.

It's funny how things work out. For two years we worried that we wouldn't be able to meet expenses. A number of people (myself included) even signed a statement of intent to assume personal responsibility for any financial shortfalls. Then at the end of the day we ended up with all this cash, and the meeting to settle the finances just happened to have been scheduled (a month ago) just after the earthquake.

Go figure.

Best,

Chris