Mike Trees, founder of the Tri4Japan charity attended a charity evening in May, at London Bridge, in the London offices of accountancy firm Ernst and Young.
A range of events helped remind attendees about the importance of Japanese culture, including Japanese calligraphy and origami (paper folding); but the main event was the auction. It was organised by Phil Davies, who works at Ernst and Young. Davies’ connection to the Tri4Japan charity is that he is the father of the Olympic triathlete Emma Davies. Emma and Mike are good friends.
An eclectic array of goods were sold off, from sports clothing to holidays and even a test drive in a super car was auctioned. Emma and Mike offered a day’s coaching and this went for an amazing £500. On top of this, the popular Tri4Japan t-shirts, at £10 a piece, were very popular. As noted by Mike Trees, “I think the real reason for their popularity is that, all the money donated goes to the charity.” (Mike and his wife Rieko paid for the cost of the t-shirts!)
When the final total is tallied up, Ernst and Young will match the amount that its employees raised.
Formed in March 2011, Tri4Japan is a charity dedicated to help the people of Kamaishi, devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. The charity has already made significant progress in this short time, with just short of £44,000 raised at the time of writing.
Any race directors, tri clubs, retailers or age group triathletes that wish to lend their support should contact Tri4Japan directly.