Last year the Ricoh Women’s British Open Championship Committee announced that it will donate £30,000 to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal as part of “Super Sunday”. The money raised on ‘Super Sunday’ provided support for the Red Cross relief efforts to help those most affected by the natural disaster that occurred in March 2011.
Money was donated for each score under par made during the final round. A total of 235 birdies and four eagles were recorded during the final round raising £14,100 which the Championship Committee decided to increase to a total donation of £30,000.
The Red Cross were extremely grateful to receive such tremendous support last year from the Ricoh Women’s British Open. The support has contributed to both the emergency relief and early recovery operations of the Japanese Red Cross helping many people to recover and re-build their lives.
The 9.0 magnitude quake generated a tsunami with waves reaching as high as 40 metres. The tsunami left a trail of destruction, destroying coastal communities with devastating impact on lives, housing and businesses. 15,845 people died and 3,375 are still missing or unaccounted for. Adding to the tragedy, 5,386 were injured and 439,337 people were displaced or evacuated from their homes.
The Red Cross responded immediately after the disaster with life-saving health care and relief items. In the months that followed the Red Cross has delivered a range of ongoing humanitarian support to help thousands of people affected by the disaster.
The support from the Ricoh Women’s British Open has been directed to the Red Cross’ vital emergency and early recovery operations which included the provision of relief items, medical and psychosocial care, water and sanitation projects and support to help improve the living conditions for families housed in temporary accommodation.
For more information on how the Red Cross continues to help Japan recover one year on please click here.