F1 » Kobayashi helmet proves charity success

Kamui Kobayashi's charity-inspired crash helmet has raised $19,000 for earthquake and tsunami victims in his native Japan.

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Dee - Unregistered

January 03, 2012 9:51 AM

Great effort by Kobayashi and everyone who has donated to help the people of Tohoku in Japan after all they've been and are still going through. The only thing that annoys me about all this is how the Japanese government has siphoned off over 2 billion yen of the disaster reconstruction funds to help pay for this year's Antarctic whale hunt. People should always come before politics.

Google - Unregistered

January 03, 2012 10:04 AM

unfortunately 95% of this money will never reach those supposed to get them as shown by the UN. Whatever is left after all expenses and staff payment and directors payment are made with consume about 95% of the income which runs those international charities so 5% will reach those who need it. Better option is take your money and donate it directly to those who need it.

S. Bless - Unregistered

January 03, 2012 10:12 AM

I was thinking the same. The money will go to the security of the Whaling fleets. They are going to kill Whales and are stepping up security of their ships with the some of the disaster money that people have donated. I used to admire Japan. Now I feel sorry for the people with no homes over there. The money should go to them. It would be good if Kobayashi gave the money in person to families needing it most. That would be a good gesture.

Chop Chop - Unregistered

January 03, 2012 2:45 PM

Donation money is nothing to do with money used in Whaler ship security by Japanese Government.
The use of expense on Security guard ships for Whaler fleet was Government ear-mark money it was planning to use for Earthquake and Tsunami victims recovery project.
Kobayashi and other donors' money go directly to Red Cross, other International and domestic NGO.
I don't think given wrong information you don't know about it not a good idea. I'm Aussie and we against killing Whale but not all Aussie is blindly supporting sea shepherd activity. If you want to campaign for Green Peace and Capt Watson' Sea Shepherd activity and then your at wrong website mate.
Well done Kobayashi. You have done great job inside race track and outside race track activity. I'm wishing you all the best future in Formula One.

Dee - Unregistered

January 03, 2012 10:57 PM

Chop Chop: If you go back to my post, you'll see that I never said the money for the whaling came from charity, but from "the disaster reconstruction funds" allocated by the government. This 2.2 billion yen, unfortunately, has to be made up somewhere though, namely by more charity donations, so in that respect there is little difference between it and taking directly from the charity money raised.

And how does showing dissatisfaction that money earmarked for reconstruction not being used for that purpose become blind support for Sea Shepherd or Green Peace? My support is for the people of Tohoku.

S. Bless - Unregistered

January 04, 2012 3:54 PM

Chop Chop
I for one do not agree with the Japanese people killing Wales and using the Science research excuse. That does not make me a greenpeace campaigner. I Love what we have in our sea and do not think we should kill to near extinction, which is what the Japanese fleets are doing.
Oh and learn to comment in the correct English, to get a point accros.

DSmith - Unregistered

January 05, 2012 3:59 AM

S. Bless - Perhaps try using correct English yourself before slagging others. As far as I'm aware the Japanese people have made no attempt to kill the country to the west of England :rolleyes:

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