A list of local charities and events to help victims of natural disaster in Japan

It’s estimated more 10,000 people have died in the aftermath of a huge earthquake and the resulting tsunami. See how to help with the relief efforts.


Rogers & Fido customers can text ASIA to 30333 to donate $5 to the Red Cross benefiting Japan. You can also donate online at redcross.ca or by calling 1-800-418-1111.

The Salvation Army has earmarked $75,000 for aid in Japan. You can donate to its 2011 Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund by texting QUAKE to 45678 ($10), by visiting salvationarmy.ca/japan, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769).

World Vision is looking for $10 million worldwide to distribute vital emergency supplies for quake, tsunami survivors in Japan. Donate by visiting worldvision.ca, texting WORLD to 45678 ($5) on your cell phone or by calling 1-800-268-5528.

Doctors Without Borders is currently using “unrestricted support from its Emergency Relief Fund to respond to needs in Libya and Japan.” Visit msf.ca and click “Donate Now” to choose a donation amount (credit card or PayPal link, account required)


Watch japanquakeTO’s website for an upcoming benefit: http://japanquaketo.ca/

On Friday, March 18, The Canada Japan Society presents “The Climbers High” (2008 – Japanese with English subtitles). Screening at 7 p.m. at the National Film Board Theatre, 150 John Street (At Richmond), 2nd floor, with a pre-screening Yosokoi dance performance by the Bayuku Dance Troupe. Tickets are $5 for CJS members / $10 non-members. All proceeds will be donated to an official relief agency (TBA).

On Sunday, March 27: Support for Japan dinner and silent auction at Böhmer Restaurant,93 Ossington. 5 p.m. cocktails 6:30 p.m. dinner. Tickets are $250 plus taxes and gratuity. Cash or cheque only no credit cards. One hundred per cent of money raised goes to the Japanese Relief Fund. Read more here.

On Thursday, March 24, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie screening March 24 7:30 p.m. at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC), 6 Garamond Court. Tickets are $6 for JCCC members / $8 non-members. All ticket sales support victims of the disaster.

On Thursday, March 31, there’s JapanQuakeTO, venue & time TBA. Organizers are currently searching for performers, a venue and sponsors for an event similar to Toronto for Haiti aka HaiHaiTO, a February 2010 benefit for victims of the earthquake. They hope to raise $10,000 for the Canadian Red Cross. Email japanquakeTO@thirdocean.com with subject line “#japanquakeTO Sponsor” if you can donate money or items for auction to help with the cause.

Sunday, April 10 (tentative): Toronto Bakes for Japan. Food, travel and photography blogger Heena, author of Tiffin Tales and Niya, at Destiny, Domesticity & Dirty Secrets want to bring together Toronto foodies to have a bake sale with all proceeds going to Japanese people affected by the disaster.

Venue & time TBA. Go here or search #BakeForJapan on Twitter for more details, or if you’d like to contribute.

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