Red Cross works to keep disaster survivors fit and sociable
- Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies from around the world visit Japan tsunami disaster area and witness sporting/social event organised by Red Cross volunteer in Miyako, Iwate -


22 Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) staff members from 12 countries and organizations will visit Japan from 31 October to 2 November. Japanese Red Cross is currently running reconstruction projects in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures, utilizing 572 million USD generously donated by members of the public through RCRC Societies around the world. Those 22 people will see for themselves the affected area and how people’s goodwill in their countries has benefited the survivors.

On 1 November in Miyako, a Japanese RC volunteer will organize a “Nordic Walk” event. The “Nordic Walk,” originating from Norway, involves using two ski sticks in either hand in order to give more swing to the walk. Residents in prefabricated homes often lack enough exercise since there are not much activities such as gardening, farming or cleaning around the house which residents used to do before the disaster. Also residents are often strangers to each other since they all evacuated from different towns. Therefore there is a lack of sense of "community". Nordic Walk which offers a good opportunity for chatting while participants are walking, expected to have a positive effect in creating a sense of stronger ties in new community.

International Media are invited to film and report on this activity including interviews with Red Cross volunteers, International Red Cross staff members and disaster survivors.

Venue: Nakazato Danchi 1, Mmiyako City, Iwater Prefecture
Date and time: 1 November 2011 (Tue) Starts at 9:45
Contact: Saya Matsumoto, Asuka Suzuki, Officer, Japanese Red Cross
Mobile: 080-5983-2115 (Mobile)

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