March 15, 2011
TITLE: Canada Cares – Hands of faith come together for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief
DATE: Saturday, March 26th, 2011
12 Hour Vigil/Prayer/Chanting for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief
On March 11, 2011 at 2:50 PM (Japan time), Japan experienced the worst Earthquake (9.0 on the Richter scale) and Tsunami ever recorded in its history. The disaster has resulted in over 10,000 deaths and over 500,000 individuals being displaced and surviving in temporary shelters created at local schools and community centers in the affected areas. More over, the Earthquake and Tsunami has resulted in a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Dai Ichi Nuclear Plant, the likes of which we have never seen since the disasters of Three Mile Island in the United States or Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union.
With the desire to aid those in suffering, faith groups across the Lower Mainland Area will be gathering for a 12 hour vigil/prayer/chanting session on Saturday, March 26th hosted by the Steveston Buddhist Temple to remember those who have perished or are going through the hardships of having lost loved ones through this devastation. Since this disaster transcends all race and religion, we are inviting people from all faith groups to join us in this vigil.
The vigil will begin at 8:00 am and conclude at 8:00 pm. It will involve representation from many different religious groups. The event is open to the public and will give the opportunity for those in attendance to share their grief. This will also be an opportunity for one to express his/her feelings of hope to let the Japanese people know they are not alone in this world tragedy. As part of this vigil, we will ask those in attendance to participate in the folding of 1,000 paper cranes in hopes that the nuclear disaster will not escalate.
We welcome and look forward to the participation by as many people as possible as we come together with “Hands of Faith” as a gesture of hope. For more information, please go to our website at www.steveston-temple.ca .
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