Slovak aid for Japan starts making progress

No volume of aid could cancel out the disastrous situation that Japan finds itself in these days, but the principal of ‘every little helps’ still applies.

Now, finally, Slovakia is sending material humanitarian aid to the country in the shape of tents, sleeping bags, clothing and footwear, among other things, worth around EUR 138,000.

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The consignment should be on site in Japan on Monday, while the government has also pledged EUR 100,000 in financial aid, which will be made available to the Red Cross in Japan.

This evening a special benefit concert will take place at the Evangelical Church in Bratislava, having been put together by Slovak violinist Maria Vaculova. The proceeds of the Concert for Japan event will be presented to the Slovak Red Cross for it to distribute it to those in need as best as possible.

The concert, under the auspices of Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, will see performances by top Slovak pop and classical musicians, including the Slovak Philharmonic and the Opera of the Slovak National Theatre. Entry to the concert, which begins at 6 pm, is by voluntary donations.

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