Auction raises £4,000 for Japan

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GENEROUS Borderers dug deep into their pockets at the weekend to help raise funds for the survivors of last month’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan.

Thousands were killed in the March 11 natural disaster, while more were left injured and homeless. The tsunami triggered by the earthquake has also left the nation with a nuclear emergency at the Fukushima Daiichi power station.

Borders-based textiles designer Miho MacEwan-Watt, who comes from Japan, with her friend Laura Stewart, organised a silent auction to raise cash to help with relief efforts.

The auction took place in Kelso’s Abbey Row Centre on Saturday, and a raft of luxury goods and services were sold, raising £4,000 for the Japanese Red Cross and Save the Children.

Mrs MacEwan-Watt works for Galashiels-based firm Eribe Knitwear and the company’s founder, Rosemary Eribe, who helped with the event, told The Southern that the auction had been a fantastic success.

“The raffle table was covered in generous gifts donated by local retailers and companies. Long tables stretched the length of the room covered with items on offer, including half-a-ton of coal, a luxury weekend for two at the Roxburghe, a day’s fishing, golf for four, 10 yoga lessons, six dance lessons, a massage, haircuts, cashmere blankets, scarves, fabrics and knitwear.

“Border artists displayed paintings, sculptures and prints. People were out-bidding each other and the prices rose, as did the laughter and excitement.

“Thank you to all the local retailers, artists, practitioners, designers and companies who gave so generously to support those who are desperately in need of help, We cannot imagine what it is like to own nothing apart from the clothes you stand in.”

The organisers hope a further £1,000 can be raised to reach £5,000. To help, contact Miho MacEwan-Watt on bonten68@hotmail.com or Rosemary Eribe on 01896 755540.