Watching the news daily about Japan, i am struck not just by the awfulness of what's happened but by the courage and dignity of the Japanese people. Something also tugs at my heart strings as i watch the pictures and see the unfolding aftermath of such devastation. I find myself wanting to do something to help. Yet what can i do?...the situation is not beyond hope, for that would be to under estimate the bravery of those involved and their strength of spirit. But i feel so far away its as if i can do nothing to benefit them.
Wondering about this brought me back to something that i often feel, when struck by something on such a huge scale, it can either freeze or mobilize us. This seems true for both those within an experience and those simply hearing or seeing pictures of it.
Not always do we have a choice as to which, especially if we are a part of the event.
But watching as we are, it seems there is a conscious decision we can take, do we stay in our heads and try to comprehend the incomprehendable or we move into our heart and do something, however small, to make a difference within this global community in which we are now all such an intricate part.
But what can we do, realistically, just us, little and seemingly so removed from a situation such as this, the aftermath of the earth quake - tsunami.
Seeing people there within the devastation, having to try to survive and do the smallest things to keep going. Makes you realise that, yes small simple acts do have an immense value even in such a huge disaster. Infact they are the only thing that so many have to hold onto as a way forward.
And so this leads me to the reason for posting. Just i know it is leading many others around the world on their blogs and within there etsy shops.
About a month ago i started collecting together some donations from my favourite illustrators for a giveaway I am planning here at my blog to mark its 4th birthday.(hopefully more on that later in March)
Kayo Tamaishi my friend in Yokohama, Japan,(who is thankfully safe and well) kindly sent me 10 copies each, of two of her postcard prints from her etsy shop last month. They are the designs shown in the photos here.
Now though, instead of using them in my giveaway - i thought it would be wonderful if we could, together, raise a bit of money for the Red Cross Japanese appeal.
So i am offering the postcards up to you dear readers. All you have to do is be amongst the first 10, to leave a comment on this post to say you would like a set of 2.
I will then email you to confirm they're still avaliable and you can give me your address to mail them to. And then you can make your donation. I am suggesting an amount of £5.00 or $8.00 Which you will need to donate directly yourself to The Red Cross Japanese appeal, through the appropriate website/text number in your country.