Tsunami marathon

A DUNDALK man who is living in Japan is asking people in Dundalk to support him by sponsoring him for a marathon in aid of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

A DUNDALK man who is living in Japan is asking people in Dundalk to support him by sponsoring him for a marathon in aid of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

Emmet Agnew from Doylesfort Road said that he is planning to run a marathon in the Japanese city of Hokkaido in June and he is hoping Dundalk will get behind him.

“People here are organising different charity events to fundraise for the victims. I’d like to do my bit to help those who are suffering. I know things are difficult at home in terms of the economy but I’d be very grateful for any donations,” said Emmet.

The 32-year-old Dundalk man is married to a Japanese citizen and has vowed to remain in Japan despite nuclear radiation fears following a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Emmet teaches English in a school near Hokkaido, which is about 700km north of the most severely hit areas around Sendai, on the east coast of Japanese mainland Honshu.

Measured at 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, Japan’s most powerful earthquake since records began struck the north-east coast, triggering a massive tsunami on Friday, March 11 at 14:46 local time (5.46am Irish time) at a depth of about 24km.

Hundreds of thousands of people remain homeless, their homes and livelihoods destroyed. Damage could amount to e220bn – the most expensive natural disaster on record.

Residents within 12 miles of the coastal Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant have been evacuated, while those up to 19 miles have been urged to leave as radiation has made its way into vegetables, raw milk and water.

Anyone who would like to sponsor Emmet for the Japanese marathon in June can make a donation via the Irish Red Cross who are raising funds for the relief effort. To make a donation visit www.mycharity.ie/event/emmetsmarathon/ or check out www.redcross.ie.