|Last week, on Friday March 11, 2011, a disaster of epic proportions visited the island nation of Japan. While most of the western hemisphere was asleep in the middle of the night, it was mid-afternoon there when a massive 9.0 earthquake struck, followed almost immediately by an angry sea that sent a 6 meter tall tsunami crashing ashore, destroying everything and everyone in its path.|
Messe Duesseldorf is a global company, and urgently we sought and have maintained contact with our colleagues at Messe Duesseldorf Japan. Thankfully, their Tokyo office made it thru the quake with just some minor damage, and more importantly we’ve received welcome reports that our colleagues there, and their families, reported no injuries. Their concern has turned toward reaching out to Messe Duessseldorf’s Japanese clients, working to determine how they have fared.
Engage in Some Global Giving
On behalf of our trade show visitors and exhibitors, Messe Duesseldorf North America has made a significant charitable donation to the American Red Cross for its Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief efforts.
We invite all who read this to consider also helping Japan in its time of crisis. Several of the following organizations are accepting donations:
- The Red Cross. Visit www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate US$ 10 from your phone.
- International Medical Corps. Visit Internationalmedicalcorps.org, or text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give US$ 10.
- The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. GlobalGiving.org has been launched to garner funds that will be given to a variety of relief organizations helping victims of the earthquake.
- Salvation Army. Visit www.salvationarmyUSA.org, or text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a US$ 10 donation.
- Facebook for the Cause. The Red Cross has set up a Causes page to accept donations for their Japan humanitarian aid efforts. By logging in via Facebook, you can give money or give a minute of your time. For each quick ad you watch, companies will donate money to the Red Cross's relief fund.
- Donate via iTunes. Apple's online music and movie store has made it simple to give money to the relief effort. Simply click how much you want to donate, and iTunes will use the account you already have on file for your purchases. The money goes to the Red Cross.
- UNICEF. Visit www.unicefusa.org or text JAPAN to 864233 to donate US$ 10 to help the children of Japan.
Of course many more reputable charities exist and we invite you to help.
Our thoughts and reflections are with the Japanese people, and we want them to know that we stand beside them in their time or need. We wish them well and hope our assistance will help make a difference in their successful recovery.