A Helping Hand for Japan

Filed in Pro Photographers by on April 11, 2011

Exactly one month ago, Japan sustained a devastating earthquake and an even more fatal tsunami. And before the full impact of those could be analyzed, the world watched in horror as another threat from several damaged nuclear reactors came into play. Through it all, the people of Japan have shown amazing strength, resolve, grace and resilience, even as aftershocks continue to rock their land.

Loweprofessional Maki Kawakita has a special connection to this tragedy: her family lives in Japan. Although petite in size, she can be a real force to be reckoned with — especially when she wants to make a difference. Maki has gathered an elite group of artists and photographers to join forces with Jondo.com, an online art gallery, in a fundraising project where everyone benefits.

The campaign is entitled Creative Mind [Hopeful Child] and as the project’s curator, Maki has gathered fellow Lowepro photographers Catherine Hall and John Isaac as well as Luke Chueh, Gigi Cohen, Naomi Harris, Jackie King, Cojo, Russell Hart, Rin Yamamura and Leonardo Drew creating a unique collection of selected works. Available for a limited time only, 100% of the proceeds will be going to Save the Children to support the relief work they are doing in Japan.

In Maki’s own words: ‘It is my great hope that this fundraising project will not only help Japan’s Tsunami disaster victims but also put artists together to make a difference in the world by using our unique talents.’

We are honored to involved with this effort and to be in the company of the other participating partners: Olympus, the School of Visual Arts , Werner Publishing and Von Fine Wine & Cocktails. If you can help, we greatly appreciate your support. At least, we hope you will share it with your friends and family. Remember, every bit helps.

Sam is the PR and Photographer Relations Manager for Lowepro’s Worldwide Marketing team.

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