Singer, songwriter, and fashion designer Gwen Stefani has donated $1,000,000 today (March 23rd) to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to help in the relief and recovery effort in Japan.
Gwen Stefani, lead singer of ska-punk-rock band No Doubt began touring in Japan with No Doubt back in 1996. Since then, she has fallen in love with the country, its people, and a district in Tokyo known as Harajuku.
Stefani says, “I’ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture. The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”
She has since created a clothing line called Harajuku Lovers and the song “Harajuku Girls.” During her solo career one could see the videos, and songs have Japanese inspired themes. While on tour for her solo career Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls dancers.
The fact that Stefani chose to donate one million dollars to the Save the Children’s fund could stem from her having two children with her husband, Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale.
Gwen has not only made a personal donation but created a mechanism whereby her fans will be able to participate in her efforts. A charity auction will be announced next week where fans can bid on the chance to join Gwen at a special fundraiser in Los Angeles. Also available next week, a limited edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt designed by Gwen will be available through nodoubt.com with 100% of proceeds benefiting the relief effort in Japan. Plans for further fundraising initiatives are also in current discussion.
Disaster Impact on Children:
Conditions facing children and families are so extreme that they are developing a three-year strategy—based on their initial on-scene assessments—to first help provide essential relief items and launch child protection activities, and then help restore children’s sense of security and normalcy and advocate for their inclusion in emergency preparedness planning.
“We are very grateful to have such a generous donation from Gwen Stefani for our relief efforts in Japan,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children “Save the Children has been in Japan for 25 years and we are working closely with our teams on the ground to address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and their families whose lives were turned upside down by this tragedy.”
Those who wish to participate more immediately may donate now at www.savethechildren.org