As part of our ongoing efforts for bento4Japan , a fundraising campaign page was created on JustGiving to raise money for the disaster relief efforts. Our nominated charity is the British Red Cross, which is rallying resources to help the people in Japan.

Note that if you are a UK taxpayer, JustGiving will reclaim 28% of your total donation and the Red Cross will end up with 123% of what you donated.

(JustGiving & FirstGiving takes 5% off all donations to help pay for continuous innovation in online fundraising to help more charities raise funds online)


In an attempt to boost our JustGiving collections and offer an opportunity for people in the UK and the rest of EU to participate,  me and my friend Mils have joined forces to set up a teeny raffle! We have four items up for grabs for anyone who donates, no matter how small the amount.

The prizes:

Set 1


  • 1 onigiri mold, Pikachu shape
  • onigiri mold set : faces ( bear, girl and boy)
  • oshibori and case (little towel with a case)
  • pack of small animal forks
  • pack of small animal spoons
  • Chinese Zodiac animals picks
  • Animal themed baran
  • 2 sauce containers, pig shaped

(All items are new and from Japan)



Thermal Bento Set

  • a Thermal bento set! It has two inner containers, the bigger holds 300ml and the other 220ml. The smaller one has a permanent compartment division.

(I opened the box for photo purposes. It is new and unused )


Set 2


  • 1 double-layer bento box (cars design)
  • 1 pack of oversized picks
  • 3 nori punches – bunny, car & bear shape
  • 3 sauce containers – pig-shape,bottle-shape & tomato cover
  • 1 mini-cutter – butterfly
  • 2 blue silicon food cups – heart and star

(all of the above are new and have been sourced by my friend Mils on a variety of bentogear shopping trips)

Bonus prize (x2)


  • Oversized food picks

Anyone can donate, being necessary a debit or credit card to do so – or paypal account. The donation are in sterling pounds (the British currency), but the transaction will be automatically conversed from Euros by your credit card service.

We will randomly select 4 recipients (using from the list of people who donate on bento4Japan‘s Justgiving site before April 3rd 2011 (2359h GMT). The first person can choose between my set or Mils‘; the second will get the other set and the third and fourth person will receive a packet of picks each.

We hope that this will boost numbers a little and make the event worthwhile. We will announce the winners on our blogs, on bento4Japan HQ and obviously email the winners as well.

Please note that whilst we are not allowed to publicise this raffle on the bento4Japan JustGiving page (as we are bound by terms and conditions).

Anyone who donates will be eligible for this raffle. In order for us to contact you, it is important to make sure your email address is available to us on the JustGiving fundraising page.

Thank you for your help and please dig deep and give as much as you can. Please also spread the word around, the success of this fundraising event relies on our collective effort.

P.S: The fundraising page will be active till 2016, but only donors who contributed to this page before April 3rd 2011 (2359h GMT) will be considered for the raffle. The reason is to encourage as many people to donate soon as the relief efforts are ongoing and urgently needed. Please donate here!

To find out more about why are we doing this and to check out other ways to help, please visit our bento4Japan HQ.