GALLERY: Fundraising for Japan Tsunami disaster

PEOPLE in Comet country have been busy raising money for the relief effort in Japan, in the wake of the recent tsunami and earthquake disaster one month ago.

The market square in Hitchin played host to a Japanese themed fundraiser on Saturday, with a number of traditional performances throughout the day including martial arts and Raiko drummers.

There was also sushi, origami, facepainting, and Bric A Brac up for grabs at the event, which raised �2263 for Mercy Corps and Peace Winds’ Japan appeal project.

In Arlesey, Elmitt Piano Academy held a seven hour music recital on April 10 for the Red Cross relief effort, with performers aged between four and 76 showing off their talent.

Pianos, violins, and flutes were just some of the instruments showcased, with participants paying �2 to perform, and �1 every minute after that. People also paid to watch, and a total of �678 was raised.

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“We had a great time, and two of pianists Richard and Helen came from Luton by public transport because Richard can’t drive following major heart surgery only six weeks ago,” said Kate Elmitt, one of the event organisers.

“We thoroughly enjoyed everyone’s contribution, including the food which many brought but then had to buy back!”

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Another tsunami fundraiser is also in the pipeline for the end of May, and will be held at The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin.

A show of martial arts will be put on, complete with traditional samurai costumes and weaponry.

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