Gwen Stefani is showing her generosity for the children of Japan in a major way. The “Holla Back Girl” hitmaker donated $1,000,000 today to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to help in the relief and recovery effort in Japan.
“I’ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture,” Stefani says in a statement. “The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years.”
“We are very grateful to have such a generous donation from Gwen Stefani for our relief efforts in Japan,” said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. “Save the Children has been in Japan for 25 years and we are working closely with our teams on the ground to address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and their families whose lives were turned upside down by this tragedy.”
Along with her donation, Stefani is urging her fans to participate in the Japan rebuilding efforts. A charity auction will be announced next week where fans can bid on the chance to join Gwen at a special fundraiser in Los Angeles. In addition, Stefani will begin selling a limited edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt, which she designed and will sell via .com with 100% of proceeds benefiting the relief effort in Japan. Plans for further fundraising initiatives are also in current discussion.
According to the statement, Gwen Stefani has been inspired by Japan since she first toured there with No Doubt in 1996. Not only did she immediately fall in love with the country and its people, Gwen found a special connection to a district in Tokyo known as Harajuku, an area that thrives on creativity, music, art and fashion. The youth culture of the Harajuku district have been a constant muse for Gwen, inspiring both her clothing line called Harajuku Lovers and the song “Harajuku Girls.” Throughout her career Gwen has borrowed heavily from Japanese culture for many of her creative endeavors.
Those who wish to participate more immediately may donate now at www.savethechildren.org