Memorial, benefit today for those still coping with disasters

More than 100 adult and youth performers will gather to sing in memory of the more than 20,000 earthquake victims and survivors of the Indian Ocean, Haiti and Japan.

The Sound Singers

More than 100 adult and youth performers will gather to sing in memory of the more than 20,000 earthquake victims and survivors of the Indian Ocean, Haiti and Japan.

A memorial service and concert titled “We Are One” will take place starting at 2 p.m. today at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Singing groups include Open Circle Singers, Shifty Sailors, the Japanese choir Sound Singers, Trinity Lutheran Church Choir, ICTHUS Youth Ensemble, Luceat Lux Singers, Karl Olsen, Linda Good, Beverly Heising, Elizabeth Lovelace, Talia Toni Marcus and others.

Rumi Keast said she has organized four Japan benefit events with others since a devastating earthquake hit Japan on March 11, 2011, which have raised nearly $13,000 to date.

“Our motto is doing what we can for continuous support,” Keast said.

“One year has passed since the great earthquake in Japan and the tragedy is being buried somewhere deep below our immediate concerns in our busy lives, ever-changing world situations and other disasters,” she continued.

“In reality, we cannot afford to think about those tsunami survivors in Japan all the time. That is why we felt so grateful to people who decided to come and attend the past Japan benefits out of their many choices. They extended love to the Japanese people.”

Keast’s vision for the future is to continue to remember the Japanese earthquake victims and the donations from this benefit will go to Japan Lutheran Emergency Relief, an organization that provides professional mental healthcare for 1,000 families in Ishinomaki’s temporary housing area. These families come from one of the most severely affected areas, where 80 children were killed by the tsunami.

However, she wants the memorial also to remember and pray for victims of the 2010 Haiti and 2004 Indian Ocean earthquakes and hopes that future Whidbey Japan benefits will also benefit the Haitians, as well.

“Haiti is still far from recovery and people still live in rubble. Through the event, we will try to raise awareness among people, including Japanese, about not only Japanese survivors but Haitians. The memorial is planned so that we can share the feelings of anyone who lost their loved ones. The service will be a heart-warming gift for those who are grieving,” Keast said.

The first half of the service will include requiems, healing music and prayers offered by Christian ministers and Buddhist monks. The second half will be a concert with four singing groups and sing-alongs with the audience, celebrating diversity and togetherness.

This event is organized by Whidbey Japan Benefit and hosted by Trinity Lutheran Church. Tahoma One-Drop Zen Monastery will make vegetarian sushi for an after-the-event reception.

Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

For more information visit www.whidbeyjapanbenefit.wordpress.com.

 

 

More in News

New Trustland Trails path draws ire from nearby residents

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District crews constructed a new wooded pathway… Continue reading

State lawmakers re-consider eliminating statute of limitations on sex crimes

By Taylor McAvoy WNPA Olympia News Bureau A bill passed in the… Continue reading

Langley City Council approves property rezoning

A quandary spanning several months over property zoning in a Langley neighborhood… Continue reading

Wait over for Saturday bus service on Whidbey

Island Transit set to roll Jan. 27

Man accused of putting gun to woman’s head in Clinton

A 33-year-old man is accused of putting a gun to a Clinton… Continue reading

Burglars steal from robotics club in Clinton

Burglars stole about $3,000 worth of equipment from South Whidbey children who… Continue reading

Federal marijuana stance doesn’t change anything for Whidbey entrepreneurs, law enforcement

The U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that federal cannabis laws will… Continue reading

Rising acidity levels could put marine life at risk, expert says

Reversing the consequences of ocean acidification would be like steering the Titanic… Continue reading

More savings, profits than expected at closed school, center

The closure of Langley Middle School is estimated to save more money… Continue reading

Most Read