|Tsunami Fund Reaches $6,500 in One Evening|
|Written by AB|
|Tuesday, 19 April 2011 00:00|
In a flurry of activity during Saturday night's banquet at the National Convention in Des Moines, attendees dug deep to raise support for Japanese balloonists affected by the recent Tsunami. By morning $6,500 had been raised for this worthy cause, and the fund is still growing.
Why and How to Contribute...
Why You Should Consider Contributing
In his introduction about the fund, board member Andy Baird said "For many of us, the ballooning community has become our extended family and it's important to reach out when those around us are in need. This 'family spirit' was perhaps best exemplified when Japanese Balloonists looked after one of our own during his 'hour of need' ". When US Observer David Ross was severely injured in Japan during a balloon event in 2003, the Japan Balloon Federation provided vital support to David and his wife during his month-long stay in hospital, before being strong enough to transport back to the US.¬† The generosity of the Japanese balloonists was overwhelming -- giving vital support to get through a very difficult time.
In recent weeks, Japanese balloonists who have also been lending support to the local farming community by tethering at farmer's markets, for example, to help farmers in the outlying areas who are still able to sell their products.¬† This is a trying time for everyone in Japan.
As a gesture of support from one balloon federation to another, and as a token of appreciation for the support given to the Ross family when they needed it most, now is a great time to make a contribution to a worthy cause.
How to contribute
There are several way to contribute. You can make donation directly to the BFA via mail (make checks out to "BFA" and put "Japan Fund" in the memo) or make a donation electronically via paypal.¬† If you have a paypal account, funds can be sent to:¬† firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your contribution.
|Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 10:19|