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OVERSEAS AID MOUNTS
Aid from Rotary International and Rotary Clubs Worldwide
USE OF THE AID MONEY
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Tokyo Earthquake of 1923
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ROTARY CLUB OF TOKYO WEST TOPPAGE


Aid from Rotary International and Rotary Clubs Worldwide

On September 4, as raging fires swept through the Kanto region, the Rotary Club of Tokyo received the following telegram from Rotary International Chairman Gundaken and Secretary Perry:

"DEEFEST SYMPATHY ROTARY INTERNATIONAL AND ALL ROTARYCLUBS. IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR THING WE CAN DO"

Taking into account the telegraph technology of the time including the time lags that occurred as messages passed between countries, the Rotary International response was nearly instantaneous.
The next day, September 5, another telegram arrived informing the Japanese Club that a relief plan was being drafted and that US$25,OOO would be sent immediately as part of the relief aid.

Unsatisfied with the relief efforts of the Red Cross and other organizations in their countries, Rotary Clubs around the world decided to donate money through Rotary International or directly to the Rotary Club of Tokyo. A total of 503 Rotary Clubs donated over US$89,OOO.

A tragic scene after the earthquake
"Dozens of people are still inside. Please help them."

Donation Income and Expenditure Income

Income
From Rotary International
From Rotary Clubs and Other organizations
Total

Expenditures
Establishing an orphanage
Funds for elementary schools
To families of police officers who died while on duty
To Kinoshita Maternity Hospital
Total


¥74,216.30
¥14,944.82
¥89,161.12


¥37,000.00
¥26,731.60
¥15,429.52
¥10,000.00
¥89,161.12


U.S. 375 clubs New Zealand 2 clubs China 1 club
U.K. 60 clubs Netherlands 2 clubs Peru 1 club
Canada 40 clubs France 2 clubs South Africa 1 club
Cuba 6 clubs Panama 2 clubs Philippines 1 club
Mexico 4 clubs     Brazil 1 club
Australia 3 clubs     Norway 1 club
        Denmark 1 club
Total 503 clubs

The friendship and support given by these clubs reflects the ideal of "selfless service," the most important Rotary Club philosophy. This support was a valuable lesson and an inspiration to the Rotary Club of Tokyo which had only been in existence for a few years. The psychological impact that the Great Tokyo Earthquake had on the Rotary Club of Tokyo is something that all of today's Rotary Club members must always remember.