Sparwood donates to Japan

The Mayor of Sparwood has written a letter to the Mayor of Kamisunagawa, Sparwood’s sister city in the north of Japan.

The Mayor of Sparwood has written a letter to the Mayor of Kamisunagawa, Sparwood’s sister city in the north of Japan.

As well as sending condolences to the Japanese people for the loss of lives following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, David Wilks also pledged a donation of $5,000 to the Canadian Red Cross fund supporting the rescue and humanitarian efforts in Japan.

Wilks said that he was relieved the town of Kamisunagawa was not affected by the earthquake as much as other areas of the country, but deeply saddened by the loss of lives in other parts of Japan. He said he encourages all residents of Sparwood to follow the District’s example and donate.

In the letter to Mayor Masakiyo Kagaya, Wilks said, “Upon hearing the news of the earthquake and tsunami that struck your country on March 11, the fate of the citizens of Japan and our sister city has been first and foremost in our hearts each and every day.

“On behalf of all Sparwood citizens, I would like to convey our most profound condolences to the citizens of Kamisunagawa and the people of Japan during these most difficult times and the lingering challenges that will remain.

“Our sympathy is extended to the bereaved families whose lives have been affected. May they take comfort in knowing that the world shares in their grief.”

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