Charity bike ride to be held from Tokyo to Minamisoma
From April 19 to April 21, 10 British and Australian expats will cycle approximately 330 kilometers from Tokyo to Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture, hoping to raise 1 million yen for the Save Minamisoma Project.
The project was set up by a group of expats in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and makes fortnightly trips to Minamisoma with donations of food and water to help the 7,000 residents who are still living in temporary housing units nearly 2 years after the tsunami struck.
A more long-term project has been set up by another British expat based in Tokyo, Jo Wilkinson, who has set up a company called Vintage Kimonos to create jobs in Tohoku and provide a long term source of funding to help rebuild communities worst affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Their profits are being donated to schools and orphanages in the Tohoku region.
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