As of Dec. 31, 2011,
Camellia Teas of Ottawa has raised $9,713 for JAPAN relief to date. Thank you so much!


This amount includes only funds we have specifically donated personally or raised as an organization. During March - Oct. 2011, Camellia Teas of Ottawa also donated Silent Auction items at various other events and fundraisers.


To all the Camellia Teas friends and supporters, thank you so very, very much. The Canadian Red Cross has now closed its portal for donations to Japan, but you can still support by contacting the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa or the Ottawa Japanese Community Association to make a donation.

To watch a message of appreciation and gratitude from the people of Tohoku, and to see how our assistance made a difference to the lives of people struggling to rebuild, click HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=SS-sWdAQsYg&vq=medium

Thank you for joining us at Camellia House!

From March 11, Oct 1, 2011, Camellia Teas invited guests in Ottawa to learn about Japan's outstanding and wonderful culture by organizing and hosting 23 fundraisers. We donated not only our time and space, expertise and resources, but also our March 2011 salary (including funds made from March 1 - 11) to the relief efforts in Japan.

As a small business, it was easy for me to leap to immediate action. Knowing that other organizations would follow in time, Camellia Teas was happy to take the lead and initiative to propel others to action through this small example of what one person can do, what one small business can contribute.

As a business, organizing, hosting and donating 100% of all funds collected (not just profits, but donating the cost of resources as well) is a big decision and requires time and effort. Holding over 20 fundraising events has been uplifting, and also given me a taste of the effort and fatigue that many in Japan and elsewhere working for the relief efforts must be facing.

CAMELLIA TEAS 2011: what fundraisers are next?

1. We will offer our space for your fundraiser: As an ongoing committment to help Japan in the 2011 year to come, Camellia Teas of Ottawa will offer our space at Camellia House to groups, individuals who would like to host an event, free of charge. We will happily host one such event each month to continue the fundraising efforts. Please contact us for details related to amount of time, number of people and facility information.

2. I will offer my services for your fundraiser: I can come to your organization, group or school to share some aspect of Japanese Culture (painting, Way of Tea, Ikebana, Kimono) and will dedicate myself to one such fundraising event for your group one per month. We can work together to find sponsors for materials (matcha/paper etc) that these events may require.
Please contact us for details related to amount of time, number of people and facility information.

Why did CAMELLIA TEAS to hold so many fundraisers?

I was strongly motivated to give those who were feeling paralysed with grief, and wondering what they could do to help, a chance to meet others who have an action-oriented, positive outlook on wanting to make a difference through personal effort.

In 6 workshops and 1 private class, we finished 1,000 paintings and works of Calligraphy to hang on our Wishing Tree!
Thank you to all who came to support!

It is my belief that through touching an aspect of the culture that is beautiful, traditional and enriching, we can also balance the sadness we feel with a sense of gratitude, appreciation and wonder for the beauties of Japan and its traditional art.

Let us remember the strength, beauty of Japan amidst the images we are and have been seeing on the news.

Our guests have enjoyed learning about this traditional culture, making a small donation - and being in the company of like-minded people who want to take local action to do something for Japan.

Here, in the tranquility of Camellia House, surrounded by art, Japanese antiques and in the company of gentle and kind, caring people, guests shared a sense of refreshment, of empowerment and hope - which will ultimately be necessary in the years ahead.

HELP US SUPPORT JAPAN

SPECIAL CULTURAL Events to fundraise for Japan!

EVENTS ARE LISTED ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE.

As part of my commitment to all the extraordinary people, teachers and friends, colleagues and family I made in Japan from 1998 - 2005, and since then, Matthew and I have made arrangements to donate the entire Camellia Teas March 2011 salary, including my time, resources as well as that our of volunteers, and Camellia Teas resources to the Red Cross Japan Earthquake Fund.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW:
http://www.redcross.ca/camelliateas/

Select 'on behalf of an individual'.

You will receive an official tax receipt for your donation, and Camellia Teas receives a sense of who appreciates our fundraising efforts.

More on how the Canadian RED CROSS RANKS here: http://list.moneysense.ca/rankings/charities/2010/aid/Default.aspx?sp2=1&d1=a&sc1=0

OTHER RESOURCES FOR THOSE IN SCHOOLS AND WANTING TO HELP:

http://studentsrebuild.org/japan/

http://architectureforhumanity.org/updates/2011-03-21-youth-fold-paper-cranes-to-help-rebuild-japan


Dear Camellia Teas Sponsor, March 2011

This month I am donating 1/12th of my annual salary to support the Relief efforts in Japan. I do this to make a potent and powerful statement of support of the rebuilding, as well as in gratitude for the decade-long relationship and more I have with Japan and its people. Since 1998, I have received so much love, so much support, such an outpouring of kindness and generosity, both in time, instruction, friendship as well as beautiful art objects from my Japanese colleagues, students, friends, neighbours and teachers.

Donating a month of my salary, my time - is my way to do three things:

1. To give back to those who have helped me, in Japan and here in Canada through my efforts to celebrate, preserve and promote the traditional arts of Japan.

2. To support the Canadian Red Cross, an aid agency I believe in so that they can Japan, but also assist others.

3. To help myself, emotionally, from feeling overwhelmed and powerless in the face of a disaster which is affecting people I know in love, in Tokyo, in Sendai, in Wakayama, in Kyoto, in Hokkaido. By holding these fundraising events, I feel at least, that I can do something. 

If I were to continue with my everyday work life, I think I would dissolve into tears with despair. Thank you for each and every one of you for coming here to Camellia House, for keeping up my spirits, for helping me help others. It is a kindness to me, and to Japan that I am so very, profoundly grateful for. Thank you everyone!

If I were in Japan, I would want to make food, offer shelter, give clothing, and funds - help with cleaning - all things I am powerless to do from here in Ottawa, Canada. I do what I can instead: to offer Canadians an opportunity to touch an aspect of Japanese culture other than experiencing the misery and sadness we are seeing each day.

To the Media, I extend my thanks for raising this issue so clearly and with such prominence to help others around the world support Japan.

The Embassy of Japan in Ottawa, and Boards of the OJCC and OJCA, after considerable discussion, debate and reflection, consciously chose, the CANADIAN Red Cross's Japan Fund. This aid agency will take a percentage of donations to continue its good work, both in Canada and elsewhere. Camellia Teas is grateful to this internationally-recognized agency and fully supports this aspect of donation-collection.

Camellia Teas of Ottawa, and many other organizations in Ottawa, have chosen to support the CANADIAN Red Cross organization in support from the 20 or more informed, dedicated and responsible individuals of the Embassy of Japan, the OJCA and the OJCC who made this collective decision. Those making the decision to select the Red Cross as our agency of choice come from a variety of backgrounds, including finance, science, accounting, teaching, fundraising, diplomacy, politics, and other fields.

There are many false aid agencies out there, as well as much misinformation and quite a bit of cynicism over the need to support and how to do this well and responsibly. We are grateful to all of you who have the good heart, spirit and trust in us, our decision, as well as the Red Cross organization, with over a hundred years of assisting those in need around the world.

Thank you for your understanding and support.

I hope to see you at some of these uplifting, inspirational, nourishing and educational events soon!

with profound respect and gratitude,
Rebecca Cragg,
President and Founder, Camellia Teas of Ottawa


TO OTHERS FUNDRAISING FOR JAPAN IN OTTAWA:

Send me your events related to FUNDRAISING for Japan specifically, and if 100% for Japan relief,
I am happy to post them here!

EVENTS SUPPORTING
100% JAPAN RELIEF IN OTTAWA

FALL 2011 FUNDRAISING EVENTS FOR JAPAN

SILENT AUCTION for JAPAN
WHAT: Join Photographer Luc Delorme as he donates 10 framed prints of Antelope Canyon, along with matted prints (all limited edition and with certificate of authenticity) at a Silent Auction event in support of Japan's recovery.
WHEN: Friday, September 16, 2011 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Camellia House, Ottawa, ON
COST: free, all proceeds will be donated to a fund for artists in Northern Japan in the affected area.
RSVP: required to info[at]camelliateas.net

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CAMELLIA HOUSE EVENTS
CAMELLIA TEAS OF OTTAWA HELD over 20 FUNDRAISERS during 2011

MEDIA: 2 min. summary of our fundraising activities: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vb_QsrXVZ4

1. Friday Sunday, March 11 13, 2011: Gallery Photo Exhibition Open House : Nearly 50 guests came to view the Stepping Stones Art Gallery exhibition of Japanese photography by Lucie Beaulieu and Daniel Blouin. This month all prints sold at the exhibition will be given to the Red Cross fund donation box at Camellia House. The Gallery will also contribute its usual commission to the donation box.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/ottawa/Ottawa+help+Japan/4445095/story.html

(they also did a video)

2. CHANOYU (Tea Ceremony) Monday, March 14, 2011, (2:00 pm- 4:00 pm) Camellia Omotesenke Tea Lessons with students and CBC TV for CBC, CTV 5 pm and 6 pm news (with CBC 91.5 Interview with Alan Neal of All in a Day).

3. CHANOYU (Tea Ceremony) Monday, March 14, 2011, 7:30 9:00 pm, 3 guests.

4. SUIBOKUGA (Japanese brush painting) Tuesday, March 15, 2011 (3:00 pm- 8:00 pm) Painting bamboo for strength, vitality, flexibility with over 40 guests, including reporting by the Ottawa Citizen, CTV, CBC TV, Metro News, Seneca College. We painted over 100 paintings that evening.

http://www.metronews.ca/toronto/local/article/803831--devastation-inspires-business-owner-to-help

http://www.yourottawaregion.com/news/article/971369--mooney-s-bay-resident-launches-efforts-to-help-japan

5. SUIBOKUGA (Japanese brush painting) WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2011 (10:00 am- noon) Camellia Teas Painters did 20 beautiful paintings for the Wishing tree and made donations.

6. CHANOYU (Tea Ceremony) WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2011 (2:00 pm- 4:00 pm) Five guests joined Rebecca for Tea Ceremony. Rebecca donated all the proceeds to the donation box.

7. SHODO (Japanese calligraphy) WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2011 (7:00 pm- 10:00 pm) Writing calligraphy characters (prayer, heart, strength, strive or endeavour, peace) with nearly two dozen calligraphers we created about 100 works of calligraphy for the Wishing Tree.

8. SHODO (Japanese calligraphy)
SATURDAY, March 19, 2011 (1:00 pm- 4:00 pm) Writing calligraphy characters (prayer, heart, strength, strive or endeavour, peace).

9. CHANOYU (Tea Ceremony) Monday, March 21, 2011, (2:00 pm- 4:00 pm) Camellia Omotesenke Tea Lessons with students (up to 3 guests are invited to observe, email info[at]camelliateas.net for more information)

10. CHANOYU (Tea Ceremony) Monday, March 21, 2011 (7:30 - 9:00 pm) Winter Tearoom with chairs for guests.

11. SHODO (Japanese calligraphy) Monday, March 21, 2011 (7:00 - 9:00 pm) Writing calligraphy characters (prayer, heart, strength, strive or endeavour, peace) in the Gallery where you can also view the Japan Photo exhibition.

12. IKEBANA (Japanese flower arranging) Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (10:00 pm- noon) Inoribana: flower arranging for prayer, Sagagoryu School, with the collaboration of Ohara, Sogetsu and Ikenobo practitioners from our Camellia Teas Ikebana Circle for practitioners (members have 5+ years of training in Japan or with Japanese masters). MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: these arrangements will be on display after this private session, so you will have the chance to view them at all the Camellia House events listed below).

13. SUIBOKUGA (Japanese brush painting) Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (5:00 pm- 8:00 pm) Painting bamboo for strength, vitality, flexibility.

14. SUIBOKUGA (Japanese brush painting) Wednesday, March 23, 2011 (5:00 pm- 8:00 pm) Painting bamboo for strength, vitality, flexibility.

ONGOING: JAPAN PHOTO Exhibition (March 11 - 31)
In the Gallery, 20 prints (Gallery proceeds from all sales to the Japan relief fund) To visit, make an appointment to visit at info[at]steppingstonesgallery.net (You may visit the gallery at any of the times for open events listed here as well without Rsvp).

ONGOING: Ikebana (INORIBANA, prayer flowers) Exhibition (March 22 - 28)
In the Gallery, 20 Ikebana works by our Camellia Teas Ikebana Circle. To visit, make an appointment to visit at info[at]steppingstonesgallery.net (You may visit the gallery at any of the times for open events listed here as well without Rsvp).

15. CHANOYU (Tea Ceremony) Monday, March 28, 2011, (4:00 pm- 5:00 pm) Camellia Omotesenke Tea Lessons with students (up to 3 guests are invited to observe, email info[at]camelliateas.net for more information)

16. CHANOYU (Tea Ceremony) Monday, March 28, 2011 (7:00 8:00, and 8:00 - 9:00 pm) Winter Tearoom (on tatami, 5 guests at a time for these 30 min sittings of tea) and the Gallery Tearoom with chairs for 10 guests at a time. (rsvp needed for us to prepare enough Tea and sweets for this event. Send an email to info[at]camelliateas.net to reserve your place). We will prepare Tea that evening for a maximum of 30 guests. Please specify which session (7 pm or 8 pm) you would like to attend, and if you would prefer tatami or chair sitting with your rsvp. (we raised nearly $1,000 in this 2-hour event! Thank you all!)

SPONSOR: Many thanks to Daniel and Veronique of CHAYI for sponsoring the Matcha for this event - thank you so much! Visit these kind-hearted people here: http://www.chayi.ca/english.html

17. HAIKU (Short traditional Japanese poems) Tuesday, March 29, 2011 (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm and 7:00 - 8:00, choose a time and email us to rsvp). Join Terry Ann Carter for two short workshops with a very special Haiku poet - come and learn about this beautiful poetry, how to compose a traditional Japanese poem with an award-winning poet who has won contests for her work in Japan! Bring a notebook or something you'd like to write about. We will hear about the tradition of Haiku, and its relationship to the seasons. The goal of the hour-long workshop is to give you a taste of this form of poetry, and confidence and inspiration to write a little something about Spring, and Japan.

18. JETAA Charity Relief Auction on March 27, 2011:
Camellia Teas of Ottawa paid to attend and also donated items to raise funds.

19. BRUSH PAINTING (2 hour formal lesson in painting)
Thursday, April 21, 2011 CAMELLIA TEAS & Stronger You Martial Arts in Barrhaven
WHAT: Painting for Japan Fundraiser with Rebecca Cragg
WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 2011 (time to be determined, keep watching here)
WHERE: 3570 Strandherd Drive
Cost: $20/student, rsvp in advance - we raised $400 at this event!
RSVP: Sensei Janet Heffernan, B.Sc., CSDI, PPCT Head Instructor at Stronger You Martial Arts and Self Defense
INFO: www.strongeryou.com
CONTACT: janet@strongeryou.com

20. SHAKUHACHI MEDITATION IN GARDEN
WHAT: Tranquility Garden Viewing and Shakuhachi Meditation with Debbie Danbrook.
WHEN: Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 3 - 4 pm
WHERE: Camellia House, Ottawa, ON
COST: by donation
RSVP: required to info[at]camelliateas.net

21. SHAKUHACHI CONCERT and TEA CEREMONY
WHAT: Debbie Danbrook, students of Debbie Danbrook along with special guests Catriona Sturton and Ian Hepburn play at a private concert and Tea Ceremony Demonstration at Camellia House for just 33 special guests.
WHEN: Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 7 - 8:30 pm
WHERE: Camellia House, Ottawa, ON
COST $33 or more
RSVP: required to info[at]camelliateas.net

***events 20. and 21. at Camellia House raised over $900 for JAPAN!

22. MUSIC & ARTS FOR JAPAN: A Benefit Event
WHAT: classical music concert by Ottawa's award winning young musicians in conjunction with a silent auction art exhibition, featuring oil paintings, Japanese flower arrangements, and more from artists in the Ottawa and Montreal areas, including Camellia Teas of Ottawa.
featured musicians: Silvie Cheng, piano, Bryan Cheng, cello, Bronwyn Thies-Thompson, voice, Sinfonia Ottawa, chamber ensemble.
Program to include works by Mozart, Purcell, Paganini, Louie, and a world premiere piece by Chinese composer Qin Ding.
Featured artists: Molly Teitelbaum, painter, Natasha Turovsky, painter
and others, including CAMELLIA TEAS OF OTTAWA
REPORT: Rebecca donated 3 paintings which raised $200 for this effort - thank you to the kind donors and buyers!

WHEN: Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 from 7:00PM
WHERE: Dominion-Chalmers United Church at 355 Cooper St. at O'Connor ( Church parking lot accessed off of Lisgar St. and Wheelchair accessible; Busses #1, 2, 4 and 7 stop at Bank and Cooper)
FEE: Voluntary donations to the Canadian Red Cross will be collected at the door.

23: SILENT AUCTION for JAPAN
WHAT: Join Photographer Luc Delorme as he donates 10 framed prints of Antelope Canyon, along with matted prints (all limited edition and with certificate of authenticity) at a Silent Auction event in support of Japan's recovery.
WHEN: Friday, September 16, 2011 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
WHERE: Camellia House, Ottawa, ON
COST: free, all proceeds will be donated to a fund for artists in Northern Japan in the affected area.
RSVP: required to info[at]camelliateas.net
REPORT: Wonderful World Premiere of outstanding Haiku by the prestigious poets of KADO Ottawa - our event raised $740 this evening!!! Thank you to Luc Delorme, poets and the kind donors and buyers!

 

Visit the Embassy of Japan's Fundraising website below

http://www.ca.emb-japan.go.jp/canada_e/JapanCanada/Earthquake_fundraising_events.html

Camellia Teas in the News: CBC Ottawa Radio 91.5(March 14), CBC Ottawa T V (March 14). News article:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/story/2011/03/14/ottawa-japan-fundraising-earthquake-charity.html

Upcoming Tea Events and News - Click here for NEXT TEA details.


Sharing a little of yourself, even a day of fasting, a day's wages, a week if you can manage it - can help Japan recover more quickly - its recovery affects us all.

~Rebecca Cragg, President and Founder, Camellia Teas of Ottawa

 
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