All but one* of the custom Nibblers will be sold at fixed price in US$ (prices TBC) at the NIBBLERS online store thetarantulas.bigcartel.com at midnight (UK time) on Friday 30th November (7pm US EST, 9am on 1/12 Japan JST). All proceeds (bar shipping) will go toward a new charity organisation 'APRICOT'.
*Atom A Amaresura's figure will be auctioned on Yahoo Japan starting 9am JST 1/12 ending 9am JST 2/12. Link will be posted on http://the-tarantulas.blogspot.co.uk/ on the night.
WHAT: Even though much of the visible debris of the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 has been cleared away, tender wounds remain in the hearts and minds of the residents of the Tohoku region. Family units, neighborhoods, entire communities were devastated and wiped out in the cataclysmic event. In these circumstances, children can be especially susceptible to intense anxiety, depression and in time PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), the symptoms of which can take many years to manifest.
APRICOT is a Non Profit Fund that has been established to support the ongoing work of Japan's mental health professionals who have been providing counseling relief services for the children and their families in communities along the Tohoku seaboard, including the hundreds of thousands of families still living in temporary accommodations, and the around 75,000 children, mothers and families who have been evacuated from Fukushima prefecture. The work that has been done to date and moving forward for the long term is aimed at healing and as far as possible preventing the onset of anxiety disorders, depression, PTSD and other illnesses that can develop in children during both short-term and long-term traumatic events.
APRICOT is focused on supporting, empowering and enhancing children's, people's and communities' natural resilience to heal and recover from disasters and move forward with their lives. (http://tokyocounseling.com/english/)
"From Datadub and myself a huge thank you to all of the artists (including Jon Malmstedt of Rampage Toys who painted my 'Go Nibblers'), Ken at One-Up for helping us with the Yahoo auction and Tatsurus for his incredible photography :)" ~adds The Tarantulas.