Photo: Ian Wilson
Regardless of whether you’re about to leave Ishikawa, staying on another year, or preparing to come to Ishikawa, you can do a lot of good with a minimal amount of effort. Awesome.
One of the current JETs, Caroline, is planning on joining a 2 week bike ride across Cambodia, as part of a fundraising event with PEPY Ride. The bike ride itself is a great cultural experience, emphasising exposure to non-profit organizations in Cambodia and expanding their world exposure. More importantly, however, the participants in the bike ride each make a $1,500 donation to help schools in Siem Reap. You can read more about PEPY and their contributions on their website.
As part of raising the $1,500 donation, Caroline is going to have a booksale at the mid-year conference, which all JETs participate in. This was a very popular event last year, and really benefits everyone — we all get a little starved for new English reading after being here a while.
That said, you can help Caroline, children in Siem Reap, and the bookreaders of Ishikawa by donating some of your used books (or DVDs) to the booksale. (Money raised through fundraisers will not be used to pay for her flights, hotels, or any such. She’s paying for all of that on her own.)
Bring your books & DVDs to the Starbucks at Labbro (right next to the Katamachi bus stop heading into Kanazawa) on:
Saturday, July 25th, 1:00-2:30 & 4:30-5:30 OR Sunday, July 26th, 2:30-5:00
Newcomers: If you’re still in your home country and will be coming to Ishikawa, don’t worry. You can help out, too! Grab some of your English books that you don’t mind parting with and pack them in your bags. It will encourage you to bring less, and give you more room to bring cool Japanese stuff home later on. Then, bring your books to the Mid-Year conference in November, and pass them off to Caroline then.
Caroline is also available on August 1st and 2nd if that’s your only chance to bring her books. In that case, please email her at: carrieann_o [AT] yahoo.co.uk
If you have any other fundraising ideas, she’d love to hear them.