Recently, many north-east coastal towns and villages in Japan were wiped out by a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, killing almost 30,000 people.
This horrible natural disaster is a global disaster too. Much of the manufacturing industry in Canada relies on parts supplied by factories in Japan. These Japanese factories are now closed as the country deals with the situation. Without the parts supplied by these factories, our manufacturing industry in Canada will have to lay off workers, too. The layoffs and work slowdowns have already begun in the automotive sector - and it started with the "Big Three" North American companies i.e. Ford, GM & Chrysler - they use Japanese electronics in their cars.
The Japanese people are very proud and are trying their best to recover, without asking for help from the rest of the world. But this stubborn pride may hurt, too. They need our financial help to clean up, and to re-build homes and businesses.
By donating, you're not only helping the people of Japan but you're also indirectly helping our fellow Canadians in the manufacturing sector. I've donated, how about you?
To donate, visit the Canadian Red Cross website or the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Earthquake Relief Fund website today.