David Kemp at one of the shelters where he delivered essentials and helped lift spirits.
David Kemp at one of the shelters where he delivered essentials and helped lift spirits. Contributed

Mum follows son's work on internet

A WARWICK mother has been sharing her pride via Facebook as she follows the progress of her son in helping with the tsunami recovery in Japan.

Heather Hibbitt has found the social networking site indispensable in keeping contact with her son in the Japanese city of Sendai.

As reported in the Daily News in March, David Kemp spent his 38th birthday trawling the streets looking for food for him, his wife and her family.

With a ration of 500ml of water a day, he has no job since the school at which he taught English was destroyed in the earthquake and tsunami.

Mr Kemp had planned to return to Australia when the roads re-opened and despite packing his remaining belongings, he couldn’t bring himself to leave the country he now calls home.

On making the decision to stay, he then committed to doing all he could to help people.

“There is a difference between living and being able to live with yourself. When people need help we should give it to them,” he posted on Facebook in March.

David now dedicates all his time helping people on the ground to take their minds off the disaster, while keeping the rest of the world aware of the problem.

As well as being a teacher, David also works in sports and physical rehabilitation.

He has gathered a team of volunteers from chiropractors to representatives of food supplements companies, to try to help people rebuild their lives and help them strengthen themselves physically and emotionally.

Though due to some red tape, it took some time to be able to get into shelters and work with children, recent updates suggest he is making good ground.

Last week he said he drove to six different shelters in different areas, donating fresh food, clothes, paper cups, plates and fry pans.

“Along the way we were lucky enough to find a shelter with mostly kids,” he posted.

“This was the highlight of my day, I showed them some great games, teams and others, and they all had such a good time, it was great to see these kids laughing and enjoying themselves.

“As it was at a school, their teachers joined in, and had a bit of fun too.”

With towns entirely wiped off the planet, it’s hard for Mr Kemp and his team to focus on the positive but he continues trying to lift morale of those who have lost everything.

The Peace Festival and local company Integria has helped donate to his efforts.

Anyone can contact Mr Kemp on physical_solutions@yahoo.co.jp



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