Ruth Powers, (back) Alex Gudkors and Shane Powers hand over a donation for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami appeal to Mel Patterson and Neil Meiklejohn of the Red Cross.
Ruth Powers, (back) Alex Gudkors and Shane Powers hand over a donation for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami appeal to Mel Patterson and Neil Meiklejohn of the Red Cross. Shannon Newley

Funds for victims in Japan

WHILE most people were fleeing Japan after the earthquake and tsunami hit earlier this year, David Kemp - whose mother Heather Hibbitt lives in Warwick - decided to lend a hand.

Since the disaster struck, Mr Kemp has been working on charity events for children, but with money drying up he said he wasn't sure if they would continue.

"We need some more funds to keep these going, so if you can dig deep, you can see how much this is all helping," he said.

The Warwick Peace Festival committee hoped to continue work such as Mr Kemp's for a little longer, with a donation of about $1500 raised at a benefit concert at this year's event going to the Japanese Red Cross.

Warwick Red Cross chairman Neil Meiklejohn said the idea of contributing to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami appeal came about because of Warwick's relationship with Kumiyama as an unofficial sister city.

"They supported our community after the flood so it's a part of the sentiment of reciprocating that," he said.



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