NJ Couple To Hold 5K Run To Raise Money For Japan Quake, Tsunami Victims

JERSEY CITY, NJ (WCBS 880) — A north Jersey couple with ties to Japan have put together a benefit 5K run on Sunday at Liberty State Park in Jersey City to raise money to help Japan’s recovery efforts.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

Rika Kobayashi was visiting her family in Japan when a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit back in March.

“It was very scary moment,” she said.

Kobayashi said cars were shaking and then reality hit. Buildings crumbled and thousands were dead and missing. The massive quake triggered a tsunami that swallowed large parts of north-eastern Japan and damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant.

“We felt like it can’t be real,” she said.

That’s why Kobayashi and her husband Simon Locke, who works at Prudential headquarters in Newark, organized the benefit 5K run around Liberty State Park.

“It takes a village to make a difference,” said Locke, especially after a quake, tsunami and a nuclear disaster. “This is pretty unprecedented in modern history.”

They named the benefit run “Before the Snow” since they want to raise money to help before Japan’s winter hits. But ironically, the run will take place after snow is expected to hit the Tri-state area.

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  • DanTe

    Now these slow nips figured out that with the whaling town washed away, they can’t eat any more harpooned dead whale meat?

  • Never Forget!

    We have plenty of Flood Victims in this country who were left with nothing. How about helping them first instead of helping those in the country that tortured and killed our fathers and their fathers. Never forget what that country did to us!

    • Meme Meyagi

      good post

    • You-Ess-Ayy

      Never Forget … I agree 100%. It’s time we start worrying about our own, taking care of fellow Americans before we worry about people in lands who couldn’t care less about us or even worse, people who have tried to harm us in the past. Not only should we as “normal” citizens take this approach, but our government should follow our lead. Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t matter …. for as long as we are in debt, we should not give ANYTHING to foreign countries in trouble. Take care of our own house first!!!!!! U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Linda

    Wow, the quake hit in March and this couple is just now organizing a fund raiser, interesting.

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