I just received a nice message from Hiroaki Kobayashi sensei who collected the donations for the Padang dojo in Indonesia and went there personally to deliever the donations. In the end, 1,200,000 yen was collected through donations -- over $13,000.
Kobayashi sensei's message can be seen below in this post as well as on their website (which includes links to more photos, a video of the presentation, and more):
Once again, I wish to thank everyone who helped support this donation effort both here on AikiWeb as well as around the world.
Appreciation for the Indonesia Earthquake Donation
On behalf of Aikido Kobayashi Dojo, I would like to thank you for your donation for the rehabilitation of Padang dojo in Indonesia. Thanks to your generous support, we were able to collect 1,200,000 yen in total, from more than 500 people.
At the beginning, we started to collect donation for the people in Padang to rehabilitate the dojo. However, later we found out that the chief instructor of Padang dojo, Mr. Tomiyono, was killed by the earthquake. Therefore, we decided to give 400,000 yen to Mrs. Tomiyono, and the rest, 800,000 yen to Padang dojo for their rehabilitation efforts.
The donation was presented at the Aikido seminar held at the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, on November 29, 2009. Before the seminar started, we held the ceremony. More than 300 people were there and, when I announced that this donation came not only from Japan, but from all over the world, the gymnasium was filled with a storm of applause. Then, I handed the donation to the widow, Mrs. Nel Tomiyono, and the current representative of Padang dojo, Mr. Mayzalyan.
Mrs. Tomiyono said, "Thank you for everything, sensei. Please send my regards to everyone." Mr. Mayzalyan strongly said, "I will cherish the will of Mr. Tomiyono and make best efforts for the future." I, then, as a return, received a commemorative shield from Mr. Muri of Takiotoshi Nagare Budokan which Padang dojo belongs to.
We put up the information about the ceremony on our web site. Please check out.
On this opportunity, we would like to start deepening the relationship with Indonesia. We have a plan to visit Indonesia as a group in 2011. We hope that we will be able to establish cordial relationship among members by having aikido practices together. You are welcomed to participate.
Again, thank you very much for your generous support.
Aikido Kobayashi Dojo