Tsunami Victims, Relief Volunteers Honored with Day of Reflection and Remembrance
First Lady Calvo Leads More than $60K in Donations, More Relief Events Planned
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March 22, 2011
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo proclaimed today to be an “Island-wide Day of Reflection and Remembrance” in honor of the victims of the recent earthquakes and tsunamis in Japan, and the volunteers who spend time and money on relief efforts. Later in the day, First Lady Christine Calvo facilitated another $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross from the Guam Medical Society, Pagasa: Giving Guam a Helping Hand, and Guam Aikikai. The contribution was given to Caroline Sablan, Board Secretary for the American Red Cross Guam Chapter.
“Our island is demonstrating an outpouring of love and support for the victims and the families affected by these recent tragedies. The government, the business community, and Guamanians are working together to help members of our Pacific family,” the proclamation states. “Guam’s charity is unmatched, and our commitment to be difference makers is immeasurable. The Island-wide Day of Reflection and Remembrance reminds us all that life is fragile and precious, that the human spirit is unwavering and good, and that our island is home to some of the kindest, warm-hearted people on this earth.”
In addition to the proclamation signing, First Lady Calvo presented the American Red Cross with a check for $50,000. The donation represents a contribution the First Lady facilitated from Calvo’s Insurance Underwriters, and the proceeds of three bag and boot drives conducted by government workers, the Mayors Council of Guam, community service organizations, and everyday Guamanians.
“This money represents the hard work of so many people,” First Lady Calvo said. “Thank you so much to everyone who donated their time and money to help our friends and family in Japan.”
Acting Lt. Governor Judith Won Pat, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, Senator Tina Muna Barnes, Consul General of Japan Yoshiyuki Kimura, officials from the American Red Cross, and the Japanese community of Guam were on hand to participate in the proclamation signing and witness the check presentation.
Acting Lt. Governor Won Pat also announced several more events to benefit the tsunami victims:
- Public and private school students are holding ongoing penny drives
- The Thirty-first Guam Legislature, and members of the Executive Branch are participating in a “celebrity shoot out” with legislators from the Philippines on Saturday, at Okkodo High School
First Lady Christine Calvo presents a $50,000 check to Japan Consul General Yoshiyuki Kimura and the American Red Cross Guam Chapter. The donation represents the proceeds of several drives put on by government workers and the Mayors Council of Guam last week, and a contribution First Lady Calvo facilitated from Calvo’s Insurance Underwriters. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Acting Lt. Governor Judith Won Pat, Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, and Senator Tina Muna Barnes also attended the event and expressed their support for this government-wide relief effort.
First Lady Christine Calvo receives a $10,000 contribution to help the victims and families affected by the recent tragedies in Japan. The donation was made by the Guam Medical Society, Pagasa: Giving Guam a Helping Hand, and Guam Aikikai. Pictured from left are: Jerome T. Landstrom, MD, FACS President, Guam Medical Society 2011 and Vice President, Pagasa; First Lady Christine Calvo; Mitsuki Minegishi, President Guam Akikikai; and John R. Taitano, MD, Member at Large, Guam Medical Society.
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo extends his condolences to the people of Japan, and thanks Guamanians for their outpouring of love and support for the victims and families affected by the recent tragedies in Japan during a proclamation signing. Governor Calvo, and Acting Lt. Governor Judith Won Pat proclaimed an “Island-wide Day of Reflection and Remembrance,” and urged the people of Guam to donate to the American Red Cross, and to keep Japan in their thoughts and prayers. Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, Senator Tina Muna Barnes, First Lady Christine Calvo, and Japan Consul General Yoshiyuki Kimura also attended the event.