Japanese quake fundraiser at Queenstown cafe

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A Queenstown cafe is hosting a fundraising event to help victims of this month’s massive Japanese earthquake. 

‘Ganbare Japan’ – or Kia Kaha Japan – is a fundraising evening of sushi, sake and entertainment at Vudu Cafe + Larder in Rees Street this Saturday. 

Staff from the cafe and local booking agency QBook are organising the function. 

“We feel really shocked about what has happened to our country and we have felt helpless not being able to do anything for the people,” organiser Mika Sugano says. 

“That is why we are holding the fundraising event to raise a good amount of money for the Red Cross Appeal for Japan.” 

QBook director Yoji adds: “Queenstown was directly affected by the events in Japan as it is one of the key markets for local tourism. 

“Now is a good opportunity for us to stand beside Japan.” 

Vudu Cafe + Larder is holding dinner sittings from 7-9pm and from 9.30-11.30pm – proceeds from the $25 tickets go to the Red Cross appeal. 

Diners will be served Bento boxes, sake, plum wine, green tea and other Japanese delicacies, to entertainment from local musicians Jamie and Nat. 

Large local tourism companies including Real Journeys, Skyline, AJ Hackett, Ziptrek, Nomad Safaris and Kawarau Jet have donated raffle prizes.