Okanagan College students held a bake sale to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

Okanagan College students held a bake sale to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

Tome praises efforts of Vernon residents

Tome, Vernon's sister city, thanks community for donation following Japan's earthquake and tsunami

  • Jul. 15, 2011 4:00 p.m.

North Okanagan residents are being praised for their support of victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.

A total of $10,000 was raised for relief efforts in Tome, Vernon’s sister city.

“We are very proud of being a sister city of Vernon,” said Takahisa Fuse, Tome’s mayor, in a letter to the City of Vernon.

“I do hope our sister city alliance will continue forever.”

Funds were raised in the North Okanagan by individual residents, service clubs and through a gala organized by the City of Vernon, the  Vernon Japanese Cultural Society and cultural organizations.

The earthquake in northern Japan struck March 11.

“In our city, many houses and buildings were completely destroyed or half destroyed,” said Fuse.

“As our city is located far from the seaside area, we had no damages from the tsunami.”

Most residents living along the Pacific Ocean lost everything to the earthquake and tidal wave.

“Many people from these cities or towns took refuge in Tome,” said Fuse.

“We have been doing our best to make reconstruction from the damages. We also have been trying to give every necessary assistance to the victims of the earthquake or tsunami.”

Fuse said his community will make the best use possible of the money donated by the residents of the North Okanagan.

“It will take a long time before we recover our peaceful life again but our situations are getting better day by day.”

 

There has been an official sister city relationship between Tome and Vernon since about 1985.