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Update on December 20, 2013

December 20, 2013

Activity by Morioka YMCA Miyako Volunteer Center
-Street fundraising for the Philippines
On December 8th, a street fundraising campaign was conducted for the typhoon affected areas in the Philippines near Miyako Station. Some local volunteers and 33 high school students in Miyako as well as YMCA staff gathered to raise fund for the emergency responce. The high school students called for an appeal by telling the passers-by "Let's become supporters not only  the beneficiaries. Let's share our motivation toward recovery." Many people were touched and the contribution collected was approximately 100,000 yen (1,000 US dollars).

Activities by Sendai YMCA
-Soccer Games among the teams in the disaster affected areas
On November 2nd and 3rd, the soccer friendly tournament was taken place at Tohoku Gakuin University on its ground and dormitory. The participating teams were four children's soccer teams in Kesennuma, Ishinomaki and Yuriage as well as the Sendai YMCA soccer team. This event was supported by the Y's Men's Clubs in East Japan Region, North Eastern Disricts and The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC). Also, the youth volunteers of Tochigi and Maebashi YMCAs joined as supporters. Some participants commented that the children were enjoying actively and freely with big smiles on their faces. 

Activity by YMCA Ishinomaki Support Center
-Indoor activity in Koriyama, Fukushima
On November 23rd, an indoor activities program for the children was held at Koriyama Xaverio Gakuen in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. This is the third time to have this series of programs since February 2013. This time, in addition to the elementary school students, the children in kindergarten or nursery joined the program and enjoyed playing actively with the youth volunteers. It is said that exercise is one of the important elements for the children's growth. Tokyo YMCA will continue to organize the programs regularly for more children to have time and opportunity to do physical activities. 

From the disaster affected area to the regions suffering from the aftermath. High School Students called for emergency appeals for the Philippines
Friendly matchs among four children's soccer teams and Sendai YMCA
YMCA staff and volunteers are showing how to do some recreation games