LOOKING for a way to support a great cause and a chance to win some awesome Niseko prizes? It only takes ¥500! This past summer, Niseko’s community joined forces to welcome over 420 visitors primarily from the Fukushima area. These guests, mostly mothers and children, took refuge in Niseko, enjoying the opportunity to play outside, relax, and escape the stress of living near the tsunami-affected nuclear reactor on the Tohoku coast.
Building on the success of the Niseko Tsunami Relief Summer Program, the same volunteer team is running a raffle this winter to raise money for the NGO JEN, which continues to work in Miyagi prefecture and elsewhere to provide necessary disaster relief and community rebuilding assistance to those affected by the March 2011 disaster.
Each raffle ticket is only ¥500 and gives you a chance to win a stack of great prizes, including a one-ofa- kind Burton snowboard signed by Jake Burton himself, luxury stays at properties in Niseko and Thailand, local meals, ski and snowboard gear, rental packages, lift passes, on snow adventure and photography tours, and more! The prizes have been generously offered for free from over 40 Niseko-area businesses.
You may have seen the red signs around town advertising the raffle, and we hope that you are willing to spare a beer in favour of donating ¥500 to Tohoku support. If you haven’t entered yet, there is still plenty of time! Tickets are on sale until March 10, and the drawing will be held on March 11.
Like the summer program, this project is a community effort, and we encourage everyone to spread the word about the great prizes available and the great work JEN currently does. Get involved, support a good cause, and have a chance to win!
For more information and to see a list of all the great prizes on offer, please visit http://www.nisekowinterfestival.com/raffle. To learn more about the NGO we are supporting, check out http://www.jen-npo.org.
By Max Friedman, Niseko Promotion Board