A Fundraiser for Tohoku Soaked with Creativity and Heart!

A Fundraiser for Tohoku Soaked with Creativity and Heart!

by Last July, Roxy Borowska and Dusty Wittman, now affectionately known as the ‘Biwa Bottle Boat Challengers’, designed and built a boat out of recycled PET bottles (nicknamed Dr. PET) and paddled their way across Shiga’s Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake! Roxy and Dusty, both Assistant Language Teachers in Shiga prefecture at the time, decided to team up for this adventure to help raise money for the Tohoku Kids Project. Most important to note here is that they did in fact make it across the lake without sinking the boat! And further, their efforts and the publicity they helped stir up surrounding their benefit boat ride helped to raise more than $6,000USD. See here for proof of their voyage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krR72Ynd7Nc&feature=youtu.be Roxy and Dusty’s fundraising efforts helped shine awareness on ways to help Tohoku children, and they did so with such tremendous spirit. Everyone at Living Dreams was truly inspired by how the efforts of two friends and teachers could rally support not only in their local community but on a global scale as well. Because of their efforts and all those who supported the Biwa Bottle Boat Challenge, kids living across 11 children’s homes in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate prefectures were able to receive a wide range of support. From outdoor sports equipment, camping gear, emergency radios and bikes to bedding, TVs, laptops, and electric fans, homes received many basic necessities requested from Living Dreams last August. Thank you from all of us at Living Dreams, and on behalf of all the kids you helped support! For more details on Roxy and Dusty’s efforts, please check out...
TOKYO MUSIC RETREAT

TOKYO MUSIC RETREAT

by by Ayane Yabui The end of August, 2011 presented itself with yet another successful and dream filled program thanks to the generous funding from Hope Initiative, Solare Hotel members, as well as the Japan Philharmonic members who dedicated their time to create a 2-day music workshop. The 3 day 2 nights program was designed for the children in the Tohoku region in hopes that music could provide the children a bridge for releasing the tension and stress carried from the 3/11 disaster, a way to appreciate music, and of course a means to have fun. On the first day, Solare Hotel members and Living Dream members and volunteers welcomed 11 children from Shirokawa Gakuen, and 3 children from Iwaki Ikueisha along with a total of 5 staff members from the homes, to Tokyo. Perhaps a little shy at first, the children listened carefully to our instructions and details on what we had planned for them. Our first stop was Kidzania, an entertainment center where children are able to experience various jobs hands-on. 3 hours didn’t seem like enough time for the children, as they proudly carried around their bank cards, “Kidzos” (the currency within Kidzania), pizza that they made on their own, or ice cream that they scooped all by themselves, while others half-jogged around the theme park trying to be a police officer, a fire fighter, or a mechanic. While they chattered away to us about their details during dinner, it was evident that they were exhausted from all the fun, when the bus back to Solare Hotel was much quieter than it had been when we...