On March 11th a series of earthquakes offshore shook Japan causing a devastating chain of events including a tsunami that permanently redefined the coastline. Thousands lost their lives and the country is still on high alert due to the instability of several nuclear power programs. From the Red Cross to Doctors Without Borders, many helpful organizations are already on the ground to assist. In order to make sure these programs have the resources and manpower required, there are several fundraising events being held around the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley to show support.
1000 Paper Cranes for Japan
When: Until March 25, 2011
Where: CA Hall, University of British Columbia
Details: During the Exec Meet n’ Greet, come drop by the booth where you will find origami paper and string. WIth a minimum donation of $1, you can fold your own crane, write a message or prayer on the side, and then we will hang them up in the CA Hall.
Paleolithic 6 Band Spring Rock Blowout
When: March 18, 2011 starting at 8:00pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre (West Hastings, Vancouver)
Details: 100% of proceeds from the event will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross for Japan relief efforts.
When: March 18, 23, 25, 30, 2011 starting at 5:00pm
Where: Vancouver Art Gallery, Burrard at Robson
Details: Japan Love Bokinbako donation boxes will be setup by the BC Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will be on-location.
We â™¥ Japan
When: March 19, 2011 starting at 9:30pm
Where: Pop Opera (686 W Hastings, Vancouver)
Details: All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Canadian Red Cross.
Unite for Japan
When: March 19, 2011 starting at 9:00pm
Where: Post Modern (7 Alexander Street, Vancouver)
Details: â€œOrganized by four UBC 4th year Students with proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross.
Japan Love BC Japan Earthquake Relief Fund
When: March 20, 2011 starting at 10:00am
Where: Fisherman’s Park Steveston (3rd and Moncton St, Richmond)
Details: The Steveston Rotary Club will issue tax receipts for any donations of $20 or more. Funds will be used to adopt a Japanese fishing village in Sendai through Steveston’s Sister City in Wakayama, Japan. All the funds will flow through the Steveston Buddhist Temple directly to the village once they have secured the administration of the funds.
I Heart Japan Fundraiser
When: March 20, 2011 starting at 7:00pm
Where: Sin Bin Sports Grill (295 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver)
Details: All proceeds will go to the Red Cross Canadian Match Program (Molson Coors Canada will match all donations made at the event).
Hope for Japan Bake Sale
When: March 21, 2011 starting at 11:00am
Where: Conference Center Building G at Kwantlen (12666-72 Ave, Surrey)
Details: Organized by Kwantlen students with proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross.
Comedians Stand up for Japan
When: March 22, 2011 starting at 7:30pm
Where: Anza Club (#3 W 8th Ave, Vancouver)
Details: Join co-hosts Brendan Beiser (Agent Pendrell from X Files) and Ellie Harvie (Morticia from the New Addams Family) together with Vancouverâ€™s top comedy talent, including Roman Danylo (Comedy Inc.) with proceeds going to the Canadian Red Cross.
Fundraiser for Japan
When: March 25, 2011 starting at 6:30pm
Where: Frankie Gâ€™s Boilerhouse Pub (305 Ewen Ave, New Westminster)
Details: All funds raised as well as drink proceeds from Frankie G’s will go to the Canadian Red Cross. Shuttle service will run from 22nd Ave Skytrain Station to/from Frankie G’s thanks to Phat Cat Limousine. For tickets email mmorriss[at]shaw.ca
Move, Groove, and Soul
When: March 25, 2011 starting at 9:00pm
Where: Heritage Hall (3102 Main St, Vancouver)
Details: Dance the night away to a funky 9-piece band while benefitting Japan relief efforts
Japan Love Fundraiser
When: March 28, 2011
Where: Fortune Sound Club (147 E Pender, Vancouver)
Details: DJs and performers will entertain as 100% of donations made will go to the Canadian Red Cross
The Social Media Clubâ€™s March Mixer
When: March 28, 2011 starting at 5:30pm
Where: Ceilis Irish Pub (670 Smithe St., Vancouver)
Details: A discussion about the lesser known story of the Social Media Club and facts going back two thousand years of social experiences. 100% of donations made will go to the Canadian Red Cross
Japan Relief Fundraiser
When: April 2, 2011 starting at 6:30pm
Where: Shiang Garden Restaurant (2200-4540 No. 3 Road, Richmond)
Details: Proceeds from the formal dinner will go to the Canadian Red Cross.
Walk of Hope
When: April 3, 2011 starting at 3:00pm
Where: Science World parking lot (1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver)
Details: 5.5 km walk through Vancouver. Participants are encouraged to wear red and white to show support.
Exercise for the Cause
When: April 9, 2011 starting at 4:00pm
Where: 3584 West 41st Ave (Vancouver)
Details: Proceeds raised from the Dailey Method class will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross in support of its efforts to aid Japan.
Plates for Japan
When: April 12, 2011
Where: Participating restaurants in Vancouver
Details: Restaurants across Vancouver are pledging a portion of their proceeds from their sales to the Canadian Red Cross fund for the Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami.
Pierce-a-thon at Supreme Tattoo
When: April 17, 2011 starting at 9:00am
Where: Supreme Tattoos (46257 Yale Road, Chilliwack)
Details: All proceeds from piercings will go to the Canadian Red Cross efforts in Japan. Piercing, jewelry, and supplies usually cost about $55.
Bake for the Quake
When: April 20, 2011 starting at 6:00pm
Where: Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver)
Details: A collective bake sale to raise funds for Japan earthquake and tsunami relief. The proceeds will go directly to Doctors without Borders.
Waves Coffee for Japan
When: April 23, 2011
Where: Waves Coffee Houses in BC
Details: All Waves in BC will be donating 10 percent of their sales proceeds of the day to the Japanese Relief Fund for relief efforts in Japan.
Tea for Japan
When: Present – no end date specified
Details: Organized by Capilano University students, 50g packs of Japanese Sencha green tea will be sold with all proceeds going directly to the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund.
Please feel free to submit any additional event listings through the comments section of this post.