$15,000 for Japan

As of today, just over $15,000 has been raised through sales of my Help Japan poster for relief efforts after the 8.9 earthquake that hit on March 11. Half of that has already been donated to the Canadian Red Cross with a second donation imminent. Saying this initiative passed all my expectations would be a huge understatement. Thank-you so much for your continued support, everyone.

The last 2 weeks have been very busy so I apologize for not being able to keep the blog as up to date as I usually do. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the basement packing and shipping Help Japan posters since I launched the initiative, which is a challenge considering I’m just one guy who works from home. But I had some great people who helped me out along the way.

To my surprise the design reached every corner of the globe as relief efforts of all sizes were mobilized, from large to small. The poster was used by Japan Exchange and Teaching (JETAA) chapters in Canada for their fundraising events, a charity concert in partnership with the Japanese embassy in Paris, a Salvation Army event in Australia, numerous high school events organized by students from around the world, various homegrown support sites made for victims and families such as Prayer for Japan, and landed on the cover of Quakebook, an online publication of stories centered around the events of March 11. These are just a few examples.

A small, crudely printed version was even spotted near the checkout of a Korean grocery store in Toronto (seen below) with added and translated text. This is wonderful to see, the poster was adapted to a new environment and language urging people to help. Thanks so much to John O for the photo.

The poster took on a life of it’s own in just a few days, and went to places I myself will never see. The further it traveled and the more events that used it, the more charitable proceeds it helped generate. It’s still out there right now, doing its thing. A huge thanks to everyone who ordered a poster, posted it on their blogs, printed it out to stick on your walls, etc. Your support of this grassroots initiative truly means a lot.

As for me, I’m heading back down to the basement to prep tomorrow’s shipments.

10 Comments

  1. Wow, that’s very admirable. Great job.

  2. So awesome that the poster went viral!! 15 Grand! Amazing!

  3. Very nice to hear about that James :)

  4. You mean earthquake 9.0 right? (on Richter magnitude scale)
    Well done with the poster, nice design.. simple, but powerfull! love it!

    keep going! Japan still need help!

    cheers,

    Jonathan

  5. Dang man, that proves it was worth doing.

  6. Matthew

    Excellent! Thanks for the support. My wife is Japanese and participated in a bake sale with other Japanese women over the last two Saturdays to raise about $5200.00. Every bit helps.

  7. $15k is a pretty significant contribution towards relief efforts – congrats on both a great design and a great deed.

  8. Hi – I work for the Canadian Red Cross. Just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for your support.
    Please do stay connected with us:
    Twitter: @redcrosscanada
    Facebook: canadianredcross
    Blog: http://redcrosstalks.wordpress.com
    Thanks again,
    Karen

  9. Congratulations on everything going so well man, great job!

  10. sliced

    Thanks from Japan.

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