Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Help if you can.

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I am pretty sure that everyone has at least an inkling of what is going on in Japan. It is heart wrenching for me to watch any footage of the tsunami's destruction. My thoughts are with those who have been touched in any way shape or form by this tragedy.

There are many ways you can give to relief efforts to help victims of the disaster in Japan.

Donate to relief efforts at Donation Park in Pico and Pigg
There are moments in life when it is important to pull together and lend support within in your means. Ameba Pico and Ameba Pigg have created Donation Park areas where you can purchase red balloons - hand-held or room decorations. If you can donate, please do.

The funds raised from balloon sales will go to help to aid the victims who have been effected by the earthquake in Japan. The announcement on the official Pico blog is does not mention which charitable relief organization the funds will be going to, but the announcement on the official Pigg blog states that the funds will go to Red Cross relief efforts. Hopefully, Pico will be specific about the charity and amend this info soon.
Current fundraising in Pigg
Though Pico has yet to announce how much as been raised, astoundingly, CyberAgent Inc (the creators of Pico and Pigg) are matching dollar-for-dollar all funds raised by Pigg players! Catero and I are astonished that within the past few days 371,307 in the Pigg community have raised ¥43,642,350 which CyberAgent matches, bringing the total to a whopping ¥87,284,700. That's over $890,000 U.S. dollars!
Donation Park balloon

Donate to relief efforts through a charitable relief agency
For those who are not comfortable comfortable donating through Ameba you can donate directly to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian that acts before, during and after disasters and health emergencies to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people “without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions”.

If you are a Lady Gaga fan you can also contribute to disaster relief in Japan by pre-ordering the We Pray For Japan jelly bracelet that the flamboyant pop singer has designed. Bracelets will ship on March 25, 2011. All proceeds will go towards Japan relief efforts. Visit the Gaga store for Australia ($5.00), France (€5,00), Germany (€5,00), United Kingdom (£5.00), or United States ($5.00).

Every little bit counts!

If you choose to donate to a charity, make sure it's a credible organization, like the Japanese Red Cross Society, Unicef, Save The Children, or International Medical Corps. Donate now »
Learn how to donate safely:
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Show your support even if you can't donate
You don't have to have money to support relief efforts. You can show our neighbours in Japan that we are concerned for their health and well-being through other courteous gestures:
  • Wear red or red-and-white in a showing of solidarity
  • Put a link to a Red Cross, Unicef, Save The Children or International Medical Corps donation page in your profile URL
  • Put an encouraging message in your profile
  • Organize a solemn event in your room
  • Encourage your family and friends to donate
  • Anything else that is positive and reassuring
Let's show some love, people!

Photo Credits: Photo 2: L7-Laia releases her balloon in Donation Park • Photo 3: Apple~苹果 (middle) wears red-and-white to show support for Japan along with Catero (left) and Peggy (right)

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