Cocoro UK Supporters welcome charity founder | Mary Atkinson

Cocoro UK Supporters Welcome Charity Founder

Cocoro UK supporters were delighted to able to meet and greet Takiko Ando, founder of Cocoro Charity in person. The charity provides  aromatherapy and positive touch activities for the victims of the Japanese tsunami. Mary Atkinson, the UK representative of Cocoro hosted a party at her home in Chichester where around 40 guests joined in the celebration.

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Uppermost in our minds was the the on-going difficulties still being faced by the local people in Rikuzentakata and our determination that they should not be forgotten.Although it is nearly three years since the tragedy, the situation has not changed significantly and local people are still living in temporary housing.

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During the evening Takiko gave a moving tribute to the UK supporters and reminded us all that our contributions are making a real difference to the lives of the local people. She also talked about the work of Cocoro Ria, a team of newly trained aroma care workers who are offering comfort and relaxation to help heal emotional wounds.

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One of the highlights of the evening was a demonstration of Story Massage, one of the positive touch activities enjoyed by children in the kindergartens in the tsunami destroyed area. Mary was involved in introducing Story Massage to the area when she visited in 2012. Soon everyone was joining in and sharing the benefits of positive touch.

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A keen supporter of the charity had also made a cake with Cororo written in icing on top. Not only did the cake taste absolutely delicious, but we hope that the photograph will show the local people in Rikuzentakata, Japan, that they have not been forgotten.
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Another activity during the evening was making felt hearts – a fund-raising activity that has touched the hearts and minds of many people from all over the world. These hearts are being taken out to Rikuzentakata as a reminder that people from the UK are thinking of them and supporting them in their struggle to rebuild their lives after the disaster.

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It was a happy occasion – Takiko made it clear that our smiles will help to lift the spirits of people across the water.

We hope that we will continue to raise funds and awareness of the important work of Cocoro Charity through events and talks over the coming year. If you would like to more information then please contact Mary Atkinson, Cocoro UK representative.

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