Thursday, March 17, 2011

Escaping the Tsunami by bicycle

It is with a very heavy heart that I read the daily news of the vast devastation in Japan recently no thanks to the Tsunami. As I write, the death toll exceeds 5000 with thousands more missing. Those who survive face great hardships not just physically with their houses and properties all destroyed. Many also have to suffer the loss of love ones, many still unaccounted for. If that is not enough, the possibility of a nuclear fallout remains dangerously strong too.

But in the midst of the darkness, I was excited to hear of an 82yo granny, fit as a fiddle due to her work as a rice farmer, and probably because of her bicycle. Granny Kimura actually escaped the Tsunami by getting on her bike and pedaled her way to safety, to higher ground!

Let us spare a thought for our Japanese brethren and say a prayer for them. If you can donate to help in their relief efforts, that will probably be the best investment you can make this year.

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