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Hi :)

I think the devastation is on such a massive scale it makes the twin towers 
incident seem tiny, contained and inconsequential by comparison yet that had 
repercussions globally.  All disasters are, of course, horrendous but the scale 
of this is unprecedented.  

The Japanese people have given us some great technological advances and a higher 
level of production and productivity than we would have had otherwise.  I think 
it is time the rest of the world took the opportunity to repay some of that 

I don't think that switching our fund-raising from TDF to the Japanese people 
would set a precedent for supporting any and every relatively minor disaster 
from now on.  At least i hope we never see anything of this scale again.

Regards from
Tom :)

From: Kazunari Hirano <>
Sent: Thu, 17 March, 2011 20:04:44
Subject: Re: [steering-discuss] Reducing donation ads

Hi all,

Thanks for your consideration.

Your words on the TDF lists are really encouraging.

Since I live in Ichinoseki next to Rikuzentakada and Ofunato, the
coast area devastated by the tsunami, I will do my best to help and
support people who are evacuated from the area.

We Japanese, from the bottom of our heart, appreciate your help and
supports form abroad.

If you take a look at some articles in my blog " "
you will see the grave situation.


On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 10:00 PM, Andre Schnabel <> wrote:

Von: Florian Effenberger <>

two hearts are beating in my breast here -- on the one hand, sure, we
cannot do that much. On the other hand, it's a question of grace to
freeze our fundraising for a few days, to show there are more important
things at the moment... but I am undetermined.

I'd like to second Olivier Cleynen's mail - there will *always* be things
that are more important than TDF fundraising. No matter how important
we feel TDF is - it is only just a very little piece in what is
important for mankind at any given time. But - it actually is the
piece we decided to take care about.

So - really, my thoughts and wishes are with all the people in Japan,
I owe highest respect to all those people who are currently going
to Japan to help there - I hope, all these helping people will be
successfull and get the situation under control very soon and will be
able to save lives.

But these are my private thoughts - and as the person that I am I'd
encourage everyone to see if there is something she could do to help
to ease many of the problems (currently in Japan, but there are many
more problems).

Anyway - TDF should continue to take care about TDF's mission.



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