Coolangatta O’Sushi staff with money raised for the Japanese disaster fund.
Coolangatta O’Sushi staff with money raised for the Japanese disaster fund. Scott Powick

O-Sushi helping tsunami disaster

O-SUSHI Coolangatta, Broadbeach and Byron Bay all have several things in common.

They all serve great food, employ or know people affected by Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, and exist close to what can be a deeply unforgiving ocean.

And that is why they are all raising money to aid Japan's disaster-affected communities.

O-Sushi Coolangatta owner Tony Syme said the three restaurants were close to achieving a fundraising total of $10,000.

“A number of our staff have family in Japan,” Mr Syme said.

“One of our waitresses was right in the area, but she managed to get to high ground.

“Another of our staff's family lost everything, but survived. We were all so worried because at first no one could get in touch with them, and when we found out they were all right we were jumping on him and hugging him out of relief.”

During the first week of fund- raising O-Sushi matched each $1 donation with $5 of its own.

The first week raised $2000 for the cause.

“We thought we'd just do it for a short time initially, but we kept it going,” Mr Syme said.

“Once your staff become involved in something like that it gets to your heart, and even they were contributing their tips.

“Our staff and our customers, some of whom are here every day of the week, we're all one family, and people feel at home here so they feel a connection to what's happened.

“I thought the donations might have dwindled a little, but people seem to keep putting money in.

“It's a drop in the ocean, but it should help.”

Visit O-Sushi Coolangatta on Marine Pde.



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