Fukushima, not forgotten
  • Saturday 03 December 2011

The Sunshine Coast community has undertaken a heart-felt fundraising effort and show of encouragement and support towards the people of Fukushima who were devastated by the tsunami in March.

Students from schools across the Coast handcrafted more than 1,000 cards of encouragement for the flood victims.

Meanwhile, the Rosebed St Gallery in Eudlo has been busily fundraising for Tatebayashi – a Sunshine Coast Sister City in Japan – to assist them to continue their work for the Fukushima recovery program.

At an event at the Rosebed St Gallery today (Friday 2 December), on behalf of the Sunshine Coast Sister Cities Association, Councillor Jenny McKay was presented with a cheque by Gallery Co-directors, Annie McRae and Maya Carter-Malins,

Cr McKay said she wanted to recognise and say thank you for the incredible support shown by the Coast community to those in need.

"The gallery has raised $2,500 through the Resilience Exhibition which saw the artworks auctioned with all proceeds to be donated to Tatebayashi’s efforts," Cr McKay said.

"Tatebayahsi is committed to providing ongoing assistance to the Fukushima recovery program to make it easier on those still suffering from the devastation caused by the tsunami.

"It is wonderful for the Sunshine Coast community, through the fundraising efforts of the Rosebed St Gallery, to be able to show our support towards our Sister City’s tireless commitment, and in turn of course, towards helping the people of Fukushima."

Cr McKay said the beautiful handcrafted cards designed by students from several schools across the region represented an important message of hope and togetherness to the Fukushima community.

"The students through their lovely good wishes cards have demonstrated they are still thinking of those who are still hurting from the flooding," she said.

"It is a lovely way of letting them know they have not been forgotten."