Ajax will play a benefit match against Shimizu S-pulse on Wednesday April 13th. The match against the Japanese premier league club will conclude the day long campaign ‘Holland helps Japan’, which is to be held in the Amsterdam ArenA. Tickets for the benefit match are available online and cost 5 Euros each. The exact kick-off time is still to be announced.
The objective of the ‘Holland helps Japan’ campaign is to show support for the people in Japan and to raise as much money as possible for the Red Cross relief work in the disaster area in Japan. The Red Cross has opened up bank account 6868 for this purpose.
On March 11th Japan was hit by a triple disaster. After an earthquake, large parts of the country were hit by a devastating Tsunami, which also pulled the country into a nuclear drama. A group of Dutch people decided to take action and came up with the idea to organise a football match between a Japanese top club and a Dutch top club, by means of support for the victims and to raise money for aid.
The campaign is co-initiated by the municipalities of Amsterdam and Amstelveen, Ajax, the Amsterdam ArenA and the Dutch Red Cross. Amsterdam and Amstelveen both have large Japanese communities. Many Japanese companies are established here as well. The campaign is supported, at no cost, by the Amsterdam ArenA and Ajax, event organiser XSAGA, KLM and Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Because the other participating organisations in the collaboration of relief organisations (SHO) are not active in Japan, it has been decided that the Red Cross will head the campaign on their behalf.
There are ongoing talks with public and commercial broadcasting corporations to ensure television and radio coverage of the day. The whole of Holland is called upon to come to the ArenA and show their support for the victims in Japan.
Tickets for the benefit evening cost 5 Euros (or 35 Euros for a business seat) and can be ordered through the website www.nederlandhelptjapan.nl or through www.ticketpoint.nl. The proceeds from the ticket sales will also go to the relief work in Japan. On April 13th it will probably be made possible for visitors to park for free near the Amsterdam ArenA.