Volunteers Needed: Charity Flea Market at Uchinada Acacia Romantic Festival

This guest post is by Jeff Shieh, the CIR in Uchinada.

Acacia Romantic Festival Flyer (pdf)

Uchinada Town is holding its annual Acacia Romantic Festival on Sunday, May 15, 2011. Every year, there is a flea market and local performances. This year, in light of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, they have made this into a charity event, where a portion of the proceeds from the flea market will go to relief funds.

AJET has never participated in this festival before, but this year, we would like to run a small booth. For that, we need volunteers to help out!

Here are the details:

WHEN: Sunday, May 15, 2011: set-up between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m.; flea market starts at 10 a.m. and runs until about 1 p.m.

WHERE: Acacia Promenade in Uchinada Town (林帯遊歩道)This is a nice pedestrian walkway that runs alongside the eastern side of the Noto Yuryo.

1) BAKED GOODS!!! COOKIES, CUPCAKES, CAKES, BREAD, ETC. We are thinking about selling baked goods at the festival next to the udon and coffee stands. However, in order to do this, we need volunteers to bake the food. Any food would need to be baked by the evening/night of Saturday, May 14. I can try to drive around and pick things up around Kanazawa, but outside of that, it will be a little bit difficult.

2) FUKUSHIMA T-SHIRTS. Some of you may know about the Fukushima T-Shirt Project that some Fukushima JETs are running. Thanks to the generosity of one of our JETs, we are buying 30 t-shirts in advance and re-selling them at the flea market. Of course, since the proceeds for the t-shirts already go to the Fukushima Disaster Countermeasure Office, the money that we get from reselling the t-shirts will simply go back to reimbursing the JET who helped pay for the t-shirts in advance. I have gotten the okay from the festival planning committee for this.

3) CRAFTED/KNITTED STUFF. I know there are a number of people in Ishikawa who love to knit and make crafts. If anyone wants to donate some of their crafts, we can sell them next to the Fukushima t-shirts.

4) USED GOODS. Many of you are leaving Japan in July/August, and if any of you have good stuff that you think can be resold at a flea market, let me know. It would be great if you would be willing to donate the item, as it will be difficult to redistribute money collected from the flea market to the proper sellers. Possible ideas: books, CDs, DVDs, videos, stuffed animals, clothes.

1) SETTING UP and RUNNING the T-shirt/flea market BOOTH (about 3 people): Set-up includes spreading out the tarp (provided), putting the items out, and making sure all the items are priced. This needs to be completed by 9:30 a.m. However, if there is a lot of stuff that needs to be unloaded from cars, then set-up needs to begin earlier. Cars will be allowed onto the promenade only until 8:30 a.m. That means we would need volunteers who can get to Uchinada early in the morning to set-up the booth. The booth will run from 10 a.m. until things are sold out or until 1 p.m. All you need to do is talk to people and sell things. 🙂

2) SETTING UP and RUNNING the Baked Goods BOOTH (about 3 people): I am not sure about set-up, but the booth will run from 10 a.m. until things are sold out or until 1 p.m.

3) COLLECTORS: People who can help collect the stuff people want to donate.

Kanazawa/Central Ishikawa Donations: Please contact me (Jeff Shieh) and we will try to work out a time to pick things up. I am around Kanazawa during Golden Week, and I am available in the evenings on May 9, 10, and 14.

Southern Ishikawa Donations: Please contact Megan Lam for your donations.

Northern Ishikawa Donations: Please contact Leah Zoller. She is available most afternoons/evenings from 5/9-5/13 and will be in Anamizu, Wajima, and Nanao that week. Please contact her to set up a drop-off/pick-off time.

If you are interested in helping out in any way, please send me an e-mail by Sunday May 8. We need to submit the application form for the flea market by May 9.

Thank you everyone!


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