Residents of Hong Kong have raised 13.8 million Yen ($127,000) to help victims of Typhoon Hagibis, which hit the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan earlier this month. The money, raised via a crowdfunding campaign started by YouTuber Jason Chau, will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
Despite what’s happening in their own country right now, many Hong Kongers want to help Japanese people who are struggling,” Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow, who had no connection to the campaign, told The Japan Times.
“Even in a time of unrest in our own city, we still look to help in whatever way we can to others…Part of me feels proud to be a #Hongkonger and still have this spirit of solidarity with others.” https://t.co/fPpoJPvPZu
— Chasing Light (@Melissa43895883) October 22, 2019
More than 83 people have died since the typhoon made landfall on October 11, and it left more than 56,000 buildings either severely damaged or destroyed. More than 2,500 hectares on the country’s main island of Honshu are said to be flooded.
While the Japanese government plans to spend 710 million Yen in emergency aid, there’s no doubt that the money raised by Hong Kongers will play a major role in helping those who were affected by the typhoon to get their lives back on track.
Despite Hong Kong currently experiencing a massive amount of political and social unrest, it’s clear the country still feels strongly about supporting their neighbors through difficult times.
Woohoo for #kindnesschampions in #HongKong⭐️ When a #typhoon hit #Japan a plethora of #fantastic #HongKongers organized by @YouTube #JasonChu raised 1.06 MILLION hong kong dollars to help out🎉 Love people 💜 @japantimes #thereisgood #kindnessrocks❤️ https://t.co/DxVlNWAj74
— Operation Kindness (@Kindness_Rocs) October 24, 2019
As Hong Kong native and now Tokyo resident Jianne Soriano told The Japan Times, “Even in a time of unrest in our own city, we still look to help in whatever way we can to others … Part of me feels proud to be a Hongkonger and still have this spirit of solidarity with others. It just goes to show that Hong Kong people are in solidarity with others.”
While it’s never easy to face such terrible devastation and loss, it’s heartening to know that people can stand together and support one another through these tough times and hopefully make their burden a little easier to bear.
That’s certainly what happened here, and hopefully it inspires other, similar acts around the world.