Super Beaver Scout on Japan fundraising mission
A Beaver Scout from Woking has raised over £1,500 for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal.
Eugene, 8, aided by his brother Kai, 6, has been making origami cranes every day in order to raise funds, helping those affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, which devastated the country one month ago.
After seeing the destruction on the news, and having had family affected by the events in Japan, Eugene wanted to do something to make a difference. In a letter he wrote, Eugene said that he wanted to tell people in Japan, ‘many people around the world want to help you’.
Having received support from his Scout Group and the local Guides, Eugene and Kai have been selling their cranes to all the sections, as well as at school and in the local community. This has raised over £1,500 so far with demand still high. A local company also matched the total raised in March, adding £1,250 to the fund.
Junko, Assistant Beaver Scout Leader and Eugene’s mother said, ‘I am very proud of him. I didn’t expect him to do it continuously, but he is still spending two hours every day making cranes to keep up with demand.’
In Derbyshire, 1st Alton Manor Bradelei Scout Troop have also been making origami cranes. They target to make one thousand cranes, raising over £1000 for ShelterBox in the process.
Scout Leader Simon Black explained, ‘It is an ancient tradition, whoever takes the time to fold one thousand cranes is granted a wish. This wish can be used for long life or recovery from illness or accidents so it seemed to be a really nice link up.’
So far they have raised over £500 and are hoping to see the first of two ShelterBoxes sent to the disaster area soon. The Troop is also hoping to form a long-term partnership with a Group in Japan, assisting them in delivering Scouting in the disaster struck area.
The Scouts taking part were completing their Global Challenge and decided to use this award as a way to help those affected. This is just one of many challenges Scouts across the UK can take part in.
How can you help?
The Scout Association of Japan is accepting donations. You can help those Scouts participating in the relief effort by donating to the Scout Association of Japan’s fund.