Tuesday, September 20, 2011

1,000-Mile Cycling for Disaster Relief - From Kobe to Sapporo

A philanthropic cyclist, John Rucynski, biked from Kobe to Sapporo, which is about 1,000 miles, to raise money for Second Harvest Japan's disaster relief in Minami Sanriku town. Second Harvest Japan sends about 300 food packages to the disaster struck town every week. (Please read the article about the food packages here.) So far, we have sent more than 4,000 packages to temporary houses in Minami Sanriku and Minami Soma. John's fundraiser will help us deliver more food to the people in temporary houses in Minami Sanriku. Here is a message from John:

Message from John Rucynski/CyclingforJapan 

This summer I had planned a 1,000 mile cycling journey from Kobe to Sapporo. After the events of 3/11, of course this turned into a charity ride and also a mission to show the safety and beauty of the Tohoku region. Thanks to generous donations from the United States and Japan, I was able to collect 100,000 yen. This money will be used to assist the food package program in Minami-Sanriku town, Miyagi prefecture. For more details on this project, please check details on Second Harvest Japan’s blog. Thanks again to all of you for your support and generous donations. It’s still a long road to recovery, but I hope we could make a helpful contribution together. 

Thank you very much, John Rucynski and all the people supporting 2HJ's disaster relief! We will deliver your cheer as well as food to those in most need now! 

Biwa-ko in Shiga, Day 1 

Towada-ko in Akita
Sign like this kept me going

Reached my favorite hostel in Sapporo after 3 weeks!

Welcome party in Sapporo

Celebration in Sapporo

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