Sympathy expressed at the "Prayer for Japan" was impressive

by Ruth Bücker, 2011/04/06

Georg Müller, member of the Board of humedica and head of the humedica Forum Hessen was the one who had initiated and planned the "Prayer for Japan" together with Evangelische Allianz, and who eventually implemented this idea on March 25. It was a touching evening marked by sympathy and solidarity.

Andreas Odrich, chief editor of the radio station ERF, handing over the donations made by listeners and users of the ERF media to Wolfgang Groß. Photo: Lothar Rühl

The Lord Mayor of Wetzlar, Wolfram Dette, acted as patron for the prayer and adequately summarised the motivation for the evening's event: "We feel with the Japanese who have survived these disasters."

The event was furthermore attended by the Japanese Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda, who had come from Frankfurt as representative of the Japanese Embassy, and Satoshi Machii. Together with the humedica team, Satoshi Machii, who was born in Japan and now lives in Ulm, travelled to Japan immediately after the news of the disasters in order to offer help. A few days from now he will travel to Japan once more, with the objective of assessing the situation for humedica and visiting his family in Tokyo.

Pastor Ulrich Parzany held more than just one "Prayer for Japan", and together with the 300 persons attending the prayer at the Wetzlar Cathedral he commemorated the victims of the natural disasters and their mourning families. Also numerous listeners of the radio station ERF have been expressing their sympathy with those affected by the earthquake and the following Tsunami of March 11 of this year.

Listeners, spectators and internet users of the ERF media have not only listened to the call for donations that has been broadcast repeatedly since this day, but they have also taken action. By means of this campaign, 20,000 euros could be collected, which were handed over to humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß and Georg Müller by the radio station's chief editor Andreas Odrich.

This special evening of sympathy was concluded with a total of 21,800 euros for the relief measures in Japan. The Japanese Consul General expressed his thanks to all those who took part in and supported the evening for the help they extended to his country. In a letter to the campaign's initiator Georg Müller, he once more expressed his deep emotions:

humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß and Toyoei Shigeeda, the Consul General of Japan. Photo: humedica

"The contemplative and deeply touching atmosphere during the prayer at Wetzlar Cathedral was very impressive and has once more strengthened the already strong bond I am feeling towards the people of Germany. And once again, I was confirmed in my feeling that Japan is not alone - even in this difficult situation," said the Japanese Consul General.

Toyoei Shigeeda continued his letter: "Thanks to the solidarity expressed by Germany and other countries, Japan can work up the courage to face the reality that is awaiting us right now. Once more, I would like to express my thanks to you. Yours faithfully."

By means of our support, dear friends and sponsors, we can contribute to overcoming this disaster and express our sympathy to the victims of the natural disasters that have sometimes faded from the spotlight due to the events at Fukushima I. Please support our efforts!

      humedica e. V.
      Donation reference "Earthquake Tsunami Japan"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You can also support our commitment in Japan by means of an online donation, or you can make a secure, fast and direct donation by means of sending a text message: send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 81190. You will donate 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica relief projects.

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