The horrific events that recently struck Japan need no explanation here. What you may not know, though, is that the Japanese rally driving community is pulling together to offer support to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in any way they can. Now they would like the wider rally community to support them in their efforts.
The ‘Do Something’ rally initiative is being coordinated by rally team principal and former Japan national champion co-driver Kazuya Suzuki. The aim is to draw on the spirit and camaraderie of rallying and use this as a force for good to help all those who have lost homes, loved ones or livelihoods as a result of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Through the website http://dosomething-rally.com, rally participants from across the world are able to make donations however small to assist aid efforts in Japan. The idea is to make a contribution from the world of rallying to an extremely serious situation.
The Brick and Steel Ecosse Challenge has already thrown its weight behind the initiative. At the Border Counties Rally at the weekend, participants in the Civic Ecosse Challenge and 205 Ecosse Challenge contributed to a collection for the disaster fund. Challenge sponsor John McClory of Brick and Steel Construction then agreed to double what the competitors had collected – and it is hoped more members of the Scottish and British rally community can contribute.
“When we organize a rally, everyone lends a hand and works together to make it happen. I want to capture this spirit and use it to help those who have been affected by recent events,” explains Suzuki. “As individuals we can be overwhelmed by the scale of things and feel there is nothing we can do, but by drawing on the network of the rally, even if we all do something very small we can make a real difference.”
Donations can be made via PayPal, with information available in English and Japanese at http://dosomething-rally.com. Information on the Brick and Steel Ecosse Challenge’s efforts is available at http://www.ecossechallenge.co.uk.