This Saturday, January, 14, 2011, Q Pop will be hosting a Thailand Flood Relief Fundraiser Art Auction and Sale. If you don’t want background on the situation in Thailand, just scroll down to the end for the information about the event.
When the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami hit Japan in April, the entire world was relayed information about what was going on. Every news outlet had some sort of coverage of the destruction, mayhem, and fatalies that were the result of the most powerful known earthquake ever to have hit Japan.
Cut to July 31, 2011, when Thailand’s monsoon season produced major floods that have been ongoing. Over 12.8 million people have been affected in at least 58 of Thailand’s 76 provinces where the flooding inundated about 6 million hectares of land. It has been describes as “the worst flooding yet in terms of the amount of water and people affected.”
The World Bank estimated damages reached US$45 billion as of December 2011, which means it ranks as the world’s fourth costliest disaster as of 2011.
Despite all that, mainstream media has not given much coverage to the disaster.
Fatalities have been thankfully low in comparison to other great natural disasters at 790, but that doesn’t discount the fact that lives were lost.
In early November 2011, the Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Suraphon Svetasreni, projected a combined loss as high as US$825 million owing to reduced international and national tourism.
The impact to Thailand’s economy as well as other countries has been significant, with Japan being hit the hardest. Japanese firms with plants in Thailand include Toyota, Honda, Hitachi, and Canon. One analyst predicted the profits of one firm, Toyota, may be cut by ¥200 billion (US$2.5 billion). Worker incomes in Thailand and Japanare also impacted.
For those who would like to travel to Thailand, The TAT wanted tourists to know tourist destinations such as Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Pai, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Pattaya, Sattahip, Chonburi, Chantaburi, Petchburi, Hua Hin, Cha-Am, Phuket, Krabi, Phang Nga, Surat Thani, Trang, Satun, Hat Yai, Rayong, Trat, Chumphon, Ranong, Koh Pha Ngan and Koh Samui had not been affected by flood at all.
Thailand Flood Relief Fundraiser Art Auction and sale
January 14, 2012 7:00 PM-11:00 PM
Auction: Saturday, January 14, 7:00PM – 10:00 PM
Donating artists include:
Sunny Apinchapong (Disney)
James Finch (Disney)
Carrie Liao (Nickelodeon)
Fawn Veerasunthorn (Disney)
Chris Williams (Disney)
Paul Briggs (Disney)
Jeff Ranjo (Disney)
Craig McCracken (Power Puff Girls)
Kevin Nelson (Disney)
Lissa Treiman (Disney)
Billy Idol (yes…”Rebel Yell” Billy Idol)
Josie and Steve Stevens (Married to Rock)
Shiyoon Kim (Disney)
and many more…
I hope those in the area can stop by, check out the art, and hopefully find something you love so you can get something for yourself while helping the cause.
For those who cannot make it in person, we will post available artwork on the webstore after the event. www.qpopshop.bigcartel.com
Hope to see you there!