The situation over there is unimaginable, with consequences of the earthquake and the tsunami being felt every day, families torn apart and loved ones missing, images on the television seem surreal. However, it is very much a real disaster, with over 10,000 declared to be dead as of today (25/03/11) and the figures are rising as rescuers recover bodies from the rubble, that were once homes and businesses. With entire towns washed by the tsunami and 25,000 buildings completely demolished or half destroyed and a further 100,000 buildings damaged, according to official figures, this is the time to act and help raise funds in any means possible.
On Wednesday 23rd March, 2011, armed with delicious cakey treats from Zazzabella's and Mitty's Cakes, which were all home made with great love, some of the Restless Beings Team and students set out to Queen Mary and SOAS University to raise funds for the quake victims. There was a great selection of Chocolate Fudge and Brownie cake, Carrot cake, mini Brownie bags, mini pink Cupcakes, and red Velvet Cakepops decorated with the Japan flag and lollipops. Added to that the team had also made origami birds and flowers of hope in different colours!
The day started off well at Queen Mary in the Library Square and by the time we moved to SOAS in Russell Square, over half of the cakes had been bought and devoured!! The cakes were hard to resist but regardless, all the students were extremely generous and dug deep to help those in need in Japan. We had some amazing student helpers who really got stuck into the fund raising spirit and went round with buckets collecting money too! Many people thanked us for doing something for the relief fund, which was humbling, and stories were shared about family and friends over in Japan and who had luckily reached safety.
After just four hours of fund raising, we had raised £416.31!! A massive thank you goes out to all that helped out and donated so generously!! All proceeds are going to Japan Earthquake Relief Fund (JERF), members of which have so far raised over £30,000.
Our hopes and prayers are with all those who have been, and are continuing to be affected by the earthquake in Japan.
SOAS in Russell Square
Queen Mary in the Library Square
*The Restless Beings Team*