My efforts toward the earthquake relief in Japan

My dearest RB family,

I have been quiet lately. As many may remember I’ve been going through difficult ordeals the past year or so. But on top of that I have also been very busy with work lately, often needing to work on weekends even. But right now I have a bit of space to breath.

It was during this really busy period that the devastating earthquake in Japan occurred. While I haven’t been commenting much lately, I have been following the journals that have been going around, and I have always wanted to do something to help. Now I’m feeling more inspired.

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As of today, I am vouching to contribute my earnings from RedBubble and Zazzle to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund organized by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto, or to other fund raising organizations. It may not be awhile until I get my next payment from RedBubble or Zazzle, so for the time being I’m donating out of my own pockets, and the amount, I estimate, will be at least 50% of what I earn. For sales on this t-shirt however, which I am also selling on Zazzle , I will be donating 100% of the proceeds.

I would, however, encourage anyone who can to donate directly to the earthquake relief funds; one of the best places being the Japanese Red Cross Society as the money goes directly to Japan aid; donations can be made through Google . Going through the Canadian Red Cross, for example, it may take time for the money to get to Japan, as well fees may get deducted from the donations – I don’t know for sure though, although for those who find it more convenient to donate to their local charities, I would encourage it nonetheless.

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As I only earn about 20-40% of the sales I make, while the rest of the money goes to RedBubble or Zazzle, I would encourage a direct donation to the fundraisers that send all its money directly to Japan. But if you are planning to buy artwork anyways, or have a voucher, by all means it would make me happy.

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For other works by other RedBubble members who are donating their royalties towards the Japan crises, check out my group Art 4 Japan
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Update: April 12th 2011
Zazzle’s japan relief store is now closed – all the royalties made there are now on its way to Japan. I will however continue donating royalties from my own store to Japan relief funds.

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This journal maybe updated overtime. While many people on RedBubble may already be aware of a lot of things I mention today, I do sometimes get visitors outside of RedBubble, and therefore I hope this journal spreads the word further.

My mother is Japanese, and I have relatives who live in Japan. Thankfully, so far, their areas have not been affected, though I do feel for those who live in the affected areas. Japan is a beautiful country close to my heart, and is the second greatest contributor to foreign aid (or so I have read recently).

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I do have hope that with our help, Japan can make a great recovery, and sooner. They have, after all, managed to repair greatly damaged roads in just SIX days. But even with their productive work ethics, it is difficult to move forward, to rebuild the cities and accommodate the people, without the funding. I really would like to go back ‘home’ to Japan one day and when I do, I hope it will be beautiful again.

Thank you for reading.

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Upcoming events:
Onigiri (Japanese rice ball) sale at UofT
The banner and t-shirt design was done by me. I am also selling the t-shirt here on Redbubble, as well as on Zazzle . For this product, I will be donating 100% of the royalty I earn.

Another onigiri sale event on May 4th. Details here

Onigiri and Bon-Odori
August 15, 2011

Comments

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 3 years ago

    A wonderful effort MuiLing…I have offered profits from my sales HERE

  • That’s great Janis. My mom has been helping to sell tickets for a concert being organized through JCCC taking place this coming Sunday. I’m buying one too, even though I’m not sure if I can make it. If not, I’m making a donation nonetheless. That’s a good a thing about charity concerts, even if we can’t make it on that day, we don’t feel like we’ve wasted money.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    My niece in the Navy is stationed in Japan she has been there about 2 years~ Thank God she is OK!!! Good luck on your efforts and my prayers!! XOXO

  • Thank you Cheryl; and my prayers for your niece continues! xoxo

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • electriclstorm
    electriclstormover 3 years ago

    Very generous of you Mui-Ling and thank you for the information

  • Thank you electriclstorm. There is really a lot I wish I could do. I’m usually the type of person who concentrates solely on one thing, so it has been difficult to research while I was busy. But now I’ve have a bit of time, plus my mom also has connections with people doing fund raising which makes things easier. I may get busy again later, but with my mom’s help, she can direct my earning to the right places.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    I pray your family is OK!!!!

  • Marion Chapman
    Marion Chapmanover 3 years ago

    that is great Mui-Ling!!
    good on you!

  • Thank you Marion!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Mark Ramstead
    Mark Ramsteadover 3 years ago

    You have a good heart. I too want to visit Japan and admire the culture and people there very much.

  • When the earthquake occured, there were roads that literally split in half. In a few days though the Japanese have managed to repair the roads. I really hope all other matters can be resolved too; they’ll need the funding to accomodate all those who have lost their homes while rebuilding the city. Hopefully you can have the chance to visit Japan too in good shape. Thank you for commenting Mark!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Lenka
    Lenkaover 3 years ago

    Always good to spread the word :) Good luck to your family and friends in Japan, and to all other people there!

  • Agreed. Thank you Lenka!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • artsmitten
    artsmittenover 3 years ago

    thanks for sharing this ..specially the links i didnt know it’s that much easy :)

  • Yeah, I guess if one tried to donate to the Japanese Red Cross by themselves, they may find they could only do it through bank transfers, however Google set-up a way to do it directly easily. Thank you artsmitten.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)
    George Parapad...over 3 years ago

    You have a big heart my friend! Thanks for sharing, and good luck!

  • Thank you my friend :)

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Atheum
    Atheumover 3 years ago

    Cheers to you, Mui-Ling. I’ll gladly contribute in any way.

  • Thank you Atheum, I greatly appreciate it. I’m sure Japan does too.

    – Mui-Ling Teh