Walk (in the Rain) for Rice!

children holding the Seattle Buddhist Temple banner at the 2011 Walk for RiceGreat turnout today at the Walk for Rice from the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Women’s Association, Camp Fire, and general temple membership. It was wet but we all wore smiles along with our raincoats walking the 2.5-mile loop around Seward Park. We walked behind a colorful church banner painted by Susie Taketa and adorned with a rice bag and tactile representation of a rice bowl. Church teams raised about $2000 for the ACRS food bank!

Walk for Rice is Saturday, June 18

walk for rice 2011 logoUpdate 6/17/2011: Just a reminder that Walk for Rice is Saturday morning, June 18 at Seward Park. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m. Carpooling is encouraged since there’s little parking at the event. Or, you can take a free shuttle from ACRS (3639 MLK Jr. Way S) beginning at 8 a.m. or take Metro.

Keep a lookout for church members near the starting area (wear your Obon, shirts everyone!) and we can walk together. We may also have a church banner.

Some DS families typically bring a brown bag lunch and picnic near the play area near the start/end of the walk. Free refreshments are also provided after the walk. (Event organizers have requested donations of baked goods for the refreshment table, so you’re invited to bring some if you feel so inclined!)

Thanks to generous donations, the Seattle Buddhist Church team has exceeded its $1000 goal by 40%! You can still make a donation at registration or by visiting our team page.

For complete information, please see the event details on the Walk for Rice website.

Hope to see you on Saturday!

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Each year, Walk for Rice raises money for the ACRS Food Bank. This walk and fun run is held at Seward Park and brings together more than 1,000 community members. The Seattle Betsuin has two teams, one temple-wide and one for Camp Fire, both seeking members as well as donations to ACRS in support of the teams. Please visit the temple-wide team website or the Camp Fire team website to sign-up or donate! We’ll also have sign-up forms and information posted soon in the foyer.

Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief

an affected area map from Seattle Japan Relief website
(map from seattlejapanrelief.org)

The temple is a participant in SeattleJapanRelief.org where you can make an immediate online donation to the American Red Cross, the YMCA, or Peace Winds America.  The temple is also collecting donations for a fund coordinated by our mother temple, the Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto Japan.  Donations to the Nishi Hongwanji fund may be made by sending a check to the temple made out to the Seattle Betsuin (please note “earthquake/tsunami relief” on your check’s memo line).  See message on Buddhist Churches of America website for additional information.

Earthquake/tsunami memorial services

senseis in the naijin at the March 18 memorial serviceFridays through April 29, 5:30 p.m. at the Seattle Buddhist Church, 1427 S. Main St. You can donate to the earthquake victims fund by sending a check to Seattle Betsuin for “earthquake/tsunami relief.” Funds collected will go to the mother temple, the Nishi Hongwanji, for distribution in Japan. See the message on Buddhist Churches of America website.