Debbie Long

UPDATE: Fundraising underway to aid Japan

A last-minute fundraiser for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami raised more than $900 at the farmers market Thursday afternoon.

The fundraiser was organized by Alice Weber and Tomoaki Fujimura, a native of Japan who now lives in Revelstoke. They set up a table at the market where people could fold origami cranes and make donations. Fujimura was there with several maps to answer questions about Japan.

His wife Yuko and child are in Japan right now but far from the worst hit areas and are safe, he said.

Weber said an account was set up at the Revelstoke Credit Union where people can make donations.

A further $125 was raised by Cathy English of the Revelstoke Museum & Archives from the proceeds of her talk on the history of skiing in Revelstoke Tuesday.

As well, Kawakubo is holding a fundraising dinner on Sunday, Mar. 27 at the community centre. For $35, a buffet dinner will be provided, as well as music, silent auction and more. All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross. Tickets are available at Kawakubo, Coopers, the Powder Springs, Pharmasave and the community centre.