Just over a year ago Japan was rocked by a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami leaving behind thousands of lives lost and billions of dollars in damage. Although the news reports have slowed and the TV reporters are long gone, the devastated area is still in much need of attention.
Brothers Kazuki and Hiroyuki Saito, Japanese journalists who cover the North American racing scene, were deeply affected by the tragedy and decided to do something about it.
"The tsunami came within a half-mile of our family home," wrote Kazuki Saito. "Not only did it cause unprecedented loss of life, it also destroyed the homes and jobs of many of the survivors. Following the earthquake we traveled to our hometown and saw the true destruction that had occurred. We soon realized just how long the road to recovery would be for the region, and that long-term support will be required to move forward. We learned that no one is immune to natural disasters and felt more people around the world could learn from this."You can contribute by purchasing a 2012 calendar filled with IndyCar images by visiting their website HERE.
"As our way of contributing to the recovery, we decided to launch the 'US-RACING 311 ● Photo Aid Appeal', making a selection of our photos available for purchase and download, in the hope that the people affected in this disaster will not be forgotten. All proceeds will be donated to support recovery in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake."
"Proceeds will be donated to charity organizations which support families in the affected areas who have children suffering from disabilities. As a father of a young son with autism, Kazuki felt a strong connection with these families struggling in unfamiliar surroundings."