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Racing to raise funds for Fukushima

Maki was all smiles as she approached the finish line (Photo: SSC)
 
Donning black-ribboned bands, married Japanese pros Hiro and Maki Nishiuchi raced with more than just their performance in mind. Completing the race in 4 hours 13 minutes 9 seconds (Hiro) and 4 hours 31 minutes 11 seconds (Maki) respectively, the married couple of five years showed their determination to raise funds for the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

“It was a tough race for us as we did not intend to take part in the race. We kept going when we looked at our black wrist bands and thought of our families and other people living in the Fukushima prefecture,” said Hiro.

Both Hiro and Maki were in Singapore when the earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukashima prefecture on March 11 2011. It was Japan’s biggest earthquake, measuring 8.9 on the richter scale. Now, the Fukushima prefecture may be facing a possible nuclear meltdown and contaminated water and food supllies.

Both are still praying for the safety of Hiro’s 23-year-old cousin and an 80-year-old elderly relative. Hiro’s family hopes to move out of the affected area soon.

Following Hiro and Maki’s story and the continued support from Singaporeans, some SGD$30,000 was raised just over the weekend. Kickstarting the fundraising campaign was event title sponsor Aviva Singapore, pledging SGD$10,000 to the Japanese Red Cross.

CEO of Aviva Singapore Simon Newman said, “The Japanese earthquake and tsunami is a tragedy that everyone is upset about. The insurance industry now has to step up and do what we need to do to help these people quickly.”

Singaporeans can continue to show their support for Japan through a neutral online fundraising platform Ammado, up till the end of April.

To donate, people can visit www.ironman703singapore.com or http://www.ammado.com/community/119713.