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Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« on: March 11, 2011, 05:48:40 pm »
Like all of you , when I saw the devastation caused by the earth quake and tsunami in Japan today, I immediately wanted to figure out how to help.  I did some thinking on ways to add a charity component to the SOHC4 Relay/Rally.  A way to leverage the tremendous ground swell of support, energy and positive press we're getting to link up with a reputable charity and help raise funds.

I did some research.  In order to become an "official" fundraiser for most of the charities I checked, we would need to set up a collection plan, establish auditable financial controls, file an application for review and approval.

There simply isn't time to pull anything like that together before the launch of the relay and likely not even by the time we're half done.

So I ask you.  Consider that there is no ride fee being requested for this rally, think about what you would normally be asked to "donate" for even an afternoon's fundraiser ride and give at least that to the disaster relief charity of your own choosing.

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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2011, 07:20:43 pm »
Even though I didn't feel the actual tremors, when I heard 8.9 magnitude on the news this morning I was shaken to my core. I've don't remember ever having HEARD of a quake that powerful before. Officially I didn't think we would be able to establish a stand alone charitable fund, which "OldSchool_IsCool" confirmed. I also felt that a donation to an established relief fund would definitely be in order. Members can make their donations as they see fit, although things are tough all over, and thousands of people are losing their homes here, albeit not in such a drastic manner, still losing their homes nonetheless.

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to those affected by this, and if a member were in a position to help in any way, those that are assisted by the relief efforts I am certain would be grateful.
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2011, 07:25:48 pm »
Ive just read an article that they are not requesting international assistance yet.

You can donate $10 on your phone to red cross with your cell phone by texting

REDCROSS to 90999 and it will be added to your phone bill.

This goes into the big red cross pot though. No idea about how to donate to the Japan Red Cross directly.
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2011, 08:15:09 pm »
OldSchool, any word from member Ito? Is Aichi prefecture in the affected area?
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2011, 08:18:39 pm »
Make Godzilla proud! Please make a donation.
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2011, 09:10:14 pm »
OldSchool, any word from member Ito? Is Aichi prefecture in the affected area?

Scottly,

I haven't had much contact with Ito since his original posts.  I looked up his profile and according to his map, he is well inland and South of Tokyo.  Prolly got shook up pretty good, but I doubt the Tsunami would have been a direct threat for him.

I did send him a PM to let him know he is thought about.
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2011, 11:08:57 pm »
OldSchool, any word from member Ito? Is Aichi prefecture in the affected area?

Scottly,

I haven't had much contact with Ito since his original posts.  I looked up his profile and according to his map, he is well inland and South of Tokyo.  Prolly got shook up pretty good, but I doubt the Tsunami would have been a direct threat for him.

I did send him a PM to let him know he is thought about.

I got a reply from Ito.  He and his family are OK!  Here is what he said...


Hi OldSchool,

I happened to east Japan.
I moved from Tokyo to Aichi prefecture on October 2010.
Me&family are OK as Aichi is far from center of earthquake.

Watching TV,this earthquake is more than we expect.
I can not say anything about this disaster.
Tsunami has hit west coast USA and Hawaii.  Shocked

Thank you very much.

Ito
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2011, 06:34:48 pm »
Our Church has a World Relief program and donations will be collected Sunday AM.
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2011, 06:37:35 pm »

I got a reply from Ito.  He and his family are OK!  Here is what he said...


Hi OldSchool,

I happened to east Japan.
I moved from Tokyo to Aichi prefecture on October 2010.
Me&family are OK as Aichi is far from center of earthquake.

Watching TV,this earthquake is more than we expect.
I can not say anything about this disaster.
Tsunami has hit west coast USA and Hawaii.  Shocked

Thank you very much.

Ito

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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2011, 06:40:25 pm »
Ive just read an article that they are not requesting international assistance yet.

You can donate $10 on your phone to red cross with your cell phone by texting

REDCROSS to 90999 and it will be added to your phone bill.

This goes into the big red cross pot though. No idea about how to donate to the Japan Red Cross directly.

Sorry to step on your toes Anti Johnny but...

If you want to help, go to your local bank or Red Cross and donate. There are so many F*&^ing criminals who mask themselves to send your money but in fact do nothing of the sort!!

Please people, go to your bank or the Red Cross to dontae... this way you KNOW they are getting the donation!!!
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2011, 06:46:40 pm »
These a legit.. published in Forbes.

To donate to American Red Cross Relief, text REDCROSS to 90999
To donate to Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization that does community outreach and disaster response, text TSUNAMI to 50555
To donate to GlobalGiving, which focuses on “grassroots projects in the developing world,” text JAPAN to 5055
To donate to Save the Children, an independent organization dedicated to helping children in need, text JAPAN to 20222
To donate to The Salvation Army, text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888
To donate to World Relief Corp., the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2011, 12:21:23 am »
Ok, I just saw this posting after posting a similar idea to the Relay AND BEYOND page.  I'm totally behind you.  Obviously we can donate on our own, and everything you can give is great, but why not get our friends to commit before we ride to a dollar amount per mile, and individually coordinate making a contribution on our community's behalf? 
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2011, 05:21:45 am »
I like that idea Wheel! 
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2011, 03:40:15 pm »
I like that idea Wheel! 
I do also!!! I am unemployed right now but I could spare a tiny amount and I really like the idea of our rally being behind this as in signing others up to donate as per how many miles we ride. Thats the way they used to do it with those walkathons. I will talk to some family and friends to see how much I could raise by riding the aprox. 500 miles I will do. This is a great idea to tie it in with the rally.
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2011, 07:07:05 pm »
I like that idea Wheel! 
I do also!!! I am unemployed right now but I could spare a tiny amount and I really like the idea of our rally being behind this as in signing others up to donate as per how many miles we ride. Thats the way they used to do it with those walkathons. I will talk to some family and friends to see how much I could raise by riding the aprox. 500 miles I will do. This is a great idea to tie it in with the rally.

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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2011, 07:36:57 pm »
I just put up a post on facebook.....I mentioned our ride....asked if anyone was donating and suggested that one of our members brought up the idea to work it like a walkathon.....pledge X amnt. of money per mile for a rider. I said it would go to Red Cross. I'm planning on doing 500 miles at the end of April so I wrote......pledge me 1 penny per mile = $5.....nickel per mile = $25, etc.....Man....if enough of us did that and got enough others to pledge....WOW!!!  This would be a way cool thing for our club and benefit alot of people. Hope we can do something like this.......MrBreeze
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #16 on: March 16, 2011, 06:39:33 am »
I really like the idea Breeze!!  It would be a GREAT motivator for each rider to know that every mile they ride they are clicking up X dollars!  Will help ya to push on through that rain storm or get up early so you can get to the far end of a ride segment on time!!

I'll caution you though; we're not an "official" fundraiser for the Red Cross or any other charity.  Please ask your donors to submit the funds directly to the Red Cross.  Have them use the "tribute" option and designate the "SOHC4 Relay" as the object of the tribute.  You will want to supply your email address so that you get an email upon the donation.  (Should we have a central email address maybe??)

To take the money yourself could open you up to certain liabilities you don't wana deal with!!
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #17 on: March 16, 2011, 05:43:12 pm »
I hear ya on that. I thought maybe one of our guys could handle taking the donations and gettin' it to the Red Cross but I like your idea better. We gotta keep on top of this .....I'd like to see it fly.
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2011, 06:48:57 pm »
im puttung together a sumilar thing to take to the local radio abd media here, that are registered to take donayions to get worf out yo have people pledge per mile im riding, with 50 50 going to anerucan cancer society for relay for life, and red cross for japan disasyer rekiwf, the ride falls around the time eberyone here is dping relay for life events, and our bikes, and this whole ride stem from a japanese mechanical marvel, and this ride has broyght it to a global historic event. and i figure it a good way to het othet mississippians involved.
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Re: Helping with the Tragedy in Japan
« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2011, 05:25:37 pm »
Perfect. A PURPOSE is the one thing this ride was missing and was the reason I labeled it "existential"---undertaken purely for it's own merits--existing only because we will it.

Now a purpose has arisen and one with an obvious link to the objects of our affection. I'm completely behind the idea. Excellent work and great advice on keep any donations directly channeled to Red Cross, etc.
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