My speech at International Inner Wheel - the ladies part of Rotary - went well...I think.
I was so tired and happy afterwards, I came back to Imagine and rewarded myself with a chocolate pudding! Don't think THAT is good for high cholesterol...
About 30 ladies gathered at the Daiichi Hotel in Susukino and I spoke for about 30 mins. with the help of slides and other information.
UK Volunteer Work was the topic.
I talked about two particular forms of popular charity/volunteer action in the UK: 1) sponsored events and 2) charity shops.
Sponsored events are runs/swims/bike rides/bungee jumps/diets - anything that is challenging and fun.
Before the event, the person who will try to do it goes to everyone they know with a sponsor form and says: "I'm going to try and do this, if I do it, will you give me money for XX charity?" Their friends and family write a promise on the paper e.g. run 1 km I will pay you 1 pound.
On the day the runner runs...and maybe they run 5 km.
After the race they go back to the friend and collect 5 X 1 pound - and give that money to the charity.
All over Britain on any weekend you will find people of all ages doing a sponsored event. And on Monday morning in offices across the country colleagues are paying their promised money.
Last year I did a Walkathon in Eniwa, in aid of the Tohoku Red Cross appeal. That was a sponsored walk. About 100 people walked, and maybe 800 people sponsored them - and the event raised Y1,4 million for Tohoku.
That is the best part of a sponsored event - a fun event done by a few people, lots of people give a little money and the result is WOW!
Me at Kokusai Plaza in 2000 with the Smile Appeal for Usuzan eruption evacuees.
Once upon a time...a young English teacher!
This week I have to give a speech - in Japanese - to the ladies of the Inner Wheel, part of Rotary Club in Sapporo.
I've been preparing this speech for about 3 weeks - the photographs to show, the speech and now the actual words.
The topic is UK Volunteer Work - what people in the UK do, how it is different from Japan etc and of course, what I did and do now.
But! In Japanese! Doing a speech in another language is scary. I can talk in everyday life in Japanese, to friends and students and I can do things like shopping and hospital visits. But a formal speech in a room of polite ladies? All looking at ME?
This afternoon I spent time with a Japanese friend, giving her sections of the speech and checking what vocabulary to use - making sure I am saying big numbers correctly.
I've done some stressful things in Japanese - TV interviews, radio interviews and interpretation BRitish football fans arrested by for Hokkaido Police during the FIFA World Cup.
But this speech is making more nervous. A room of quiet people, all focusing on me and my words.
I'm sure Inner Wheel members are friendly etc. But still.....nervous.
Imagine students were in a team of 12 translators who volunteered their skills and time to make the English subtitles for this film.
Now, they and everyone else can see their efforts.
Sunday, November 4th Ordinary Lives will have its English subtitles premiere.
There are two showings: 6.15 pm and 8 pm. Both at L Plaza, north of Sapporo Station.
Tickets cost Y1,000.
You can buy tickets at Imagine, or by contacting the producer Michiyo Yoshida on michiyoy ATMARK khaki.plala.or.jp
The film is a documentary by Sapporo director Taizo Yoshida, about the people of Fukushima and their experiences last year after 3/11 and their hopes for the future.
The website for the film is here.