The devastating events on 11th March had shook the world to it’s core, and sometimes saying a prayer just isn’t good enough anymore. Rather than standing by watching helplessly, I thought it might be a good idea to try and raise money together through our love of bento. And this was why this page was created.
Onigiris (Japanese rice balls) have always been a staple in times of emergencies. Highly portable, nutritious and delicious, this is also a firm favourite for bentos. Touched by the scenes of bentos and onigiris being distributed to those affected by the tragedy, the international bento making community is coming together to raise much needed funds for the Red Cross to aid their efforts in Japan. We had derived so much enjoyment from the Japanese culture and food, it is only right that we give something back to the country that had given us so much. We are not running a marathon or shaving off all our hair (too chicken); but we are auctioning off well-loved bento making items (new and gently used) via ebay and raising awareness and funds through other channels.
I want to donate money! Donate in JustGiving or in our sister site, FirstGiving. Either way all donations will be going to the Red Cross. If you are a UK taxpayer, please consider JustGiving in the first instance. JustGiving will reclaim 28% of your total donation and the Red Cross will end up with 123% of what you donated. JustGiving & FirstGiving takes 5% off all donations to help pay for continuous innovation in online fundraising to help more charities raise funds online.
- What else can you do?
You can also check our ‘Other ways to help‘ tab.
I have something to auction off! Have something to auction off? Ebay is currently offering a fees rebate if all proceeds from the sale goes to the Red Cross. Click here for more details from ebay. Please tag all your sales with ‘Bento4Japan’ to enable easy tracking. Mission Fish / Ebay deducts 20% off the initial donation of upto $49.99 and progressively less depending on final sale price (for further details, here )
I want to buy something! Want to buy some fabulous bento gear? Well, say no more; click here to search for all new and preloved bento making items, gears and books! All items are individually posted by bento lovers world wide and bento4Japan is not affiliated with sellers nor derive a profit from promoting the listing. Any transactions is wholly between the buyer and seller. However, so that you can be confident that you are bidding from a genuine seller, we will continue to update the ‘verified fundraisers’ page – please check back often!!