Palo Alto-based choral group helping Japan through music

Group posts YouTube video to encourage donations, raise awareness

A local Japanese choral group that practices at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Palo Alto has made a YouTube video to muster aid, raise awareness and bring comfort to the tragedy-stricken people of Japan.

The Choral Cosmos's roughly 4.5-minute video features the group performing "We Are the World." The group decided to create the video to encourage people to pray and make donations for Japan, member Kenji Nakai said.

"It is very simple yet very strong motivation for us (as a) singing group. My wish is that the real professional musicians start 'We Are the World 2011 Japan' and make a big donation/support," he said.

Nakai was born and raised in Kobe, Japan.

"All of my family and relatives are or were in Kobe. I know how and what it is about in the region when the big earthquake hits," he said.

"A friend of my wife's has a sister in Kesen-numa city. My wife was told by her friend that her sister has not been found yet. We tried to find the person by using Internet services -- e-mail, website, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Well, we have not heard any good news about her missing sister," he said.

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Posted by a neighbor
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 21, 2011 at 12:27 am

Thank you for your heartfelt plea! Which reminds me...

UMCOR (United Methodist Comittee on Relief), is a non-profit global humanitarian organization that is responding to this disaster. UMCOR is part of the General Board of Global Ministries.

UMCOR is ecumenical; it delivers aid without regard to race, religion, politics, etc. Aid is never tied to any religious or political viewpoint.

100% of donated funds go to the relief programs (administrative costs come from other funds from within the UMC, no donated funds go to administrative costs).

Go to Web Link and click on the Japan/Pacific Emergency link to give.

Thank you, Weekly, for remembering that many people in our community do attend churches, synagogues and other faith communities where ecumenical work is a calling, and not ignoring them just because of that! (For the record, I am not from Aldersgate; I do know people who attend and it's a lovely church community.)

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Posted by Kyoko
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 21, 2011 at 9:33 pm


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