Helping out in the community

NPO, NGO listings

Follows is the Tokyo area monthly English listing of nonprofit, NGO, CBO and community service events.

The organizers — People for Social Change ( want to make us aware of what is going on and get us involved. There is a Web site in the pipeline, too.

For more information on how to get your events publicized, contact

* Run for the Cure, Pink Ball Oct. 28, from 6:30 p.m.

Charity Dinner/Dance Ball with swing band, fantastic raffle prizes and silent auction to raise awareness of breast cancer and raise money for educational and support organizations. Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Tickets are 35,000 yen per person and are selling fast. For more information visit the Web site at

* Yokohama International Festa Oct. 29, 30, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festival featuring more than 200 organizations involved in international development and cooperation activities. At Pacifico Yokohama Exhibition Hall A. Access info. at or visit

* Tokyo Charity Scavenger Hunt Oct. 29

For more information, see or mail

* Amnesty International Movie Night Heaven’s Door, Shimokitazawa

For more information, contact Chris Pitts at

* Developing corporate/community partnerships Nov. 16, 7-9 p.m.

Participation fee: 1,000 yen; Registration deadline is Oct. 31. For information, e-mail For venue information, see

* Skills Building Forum 4 Planning meeting #2 of 3 Nov. 4, from 7 p.m.

The meeting will take place at Jingumae Kumin Kaikan, 3F, Harajuku. For more information, contact

* Skills Building Forum 4 Dec. 3, from 1-8 p.m.

Contact for more information


The NPO Our Planet is now looking for volunteers to help with Japanese-English translations.

They’re currently trying to set up an English Web site.

Anyone interested in helping out can contact them at or see

TELL wine auction

Tokyo English Life Line’s 10th Annual Connoisseurs’ Auction will take place on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo from 6-10 p.m. Admission is 10,000 yen.

Some 300 distinguished guests — including the Emperor’s sister, Mrs. Takako Shimazu, and British Ambassador H.E. Mr. Graham Fry — are expected to attend the event, considered Tokyo’s premier wine auction.

All proceeds from the events will benefit TELL, a Tokyo-based non-profit organization that has provided counseling, psychotherapy, psychiatric referrals, and workshops for foreign and Japanese residents for over 30 years.

All funds raised at the event will help to ensure that TELL continues to be able to provide its much-needed mental health care services to the community, 365 days a year.

To purchase tickets or for more information, call the TELL office at (03) 3498-0261, e-mail or see