Hello everyone, my name is Dusty Wittman, I am an ALT in Shiga-ken and I would like to take a moment of your time to tell you about an exciting project I have been working on with my friend Roxy Borowska (also an ALT in Shiga).
Having been to Ishinomaki City twice now to volunteer. I have seen first hand the devastation and the conditions in which those people are forced to live with. I will continue to go there as much as my schedule allows, but I wanted to do more so I enlisted the help of my friend, Roxy, and we came up with the “Biwa Bottle Boat Challenge” to raise money for Tohoku, specifically for the orphans and orphanages there. We have linked ourselves to the Tohoku Kids’ Project and have set our goal at $5,000.
In a nutshell, the “Biwa Bottle Boat Challenge” (BBBC)… “We have designed and built a boat out of recycled PET bottles (using no glue!) and will paddle it across the largest lake in Japan, Lake Biwa! The BBBC is a sponsored event and by sponsoring you can help us help these children. All your donations will go directly to The Tohoku Kids Project who will use the money to help rebuild their lives and provide them with new homes. Donations will also help buy necessities, including both personal and shared items that took years for orphanages to collect. They will also provide children with professional counseling and a wide range of therapeutic activities to help them cope with the tragedy they’ve endured.”
We are asking our friends and families, from the bottom of our hearts, to support our challenge by donating to this wonderful cause. We would like to extend our reach to the AJET community as this is a cause for all of Japan. So, we ask you to please forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested.
We have also created a bilingual site for all our Japanese friends and families.
Please check out our project by clicking the links below.
To donate, please click here: www.biwabottleboat.com
For more information, pictures, and, updates, please visit our bilingual site here: ilovenihon.com
We really appreciate your time and anything you can do to help us in our efforts.
Thank you so much! よろしくお願いいたします
Dusty and Roxy