Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Lifting Japan's Spirits

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Lifting Japan's Spirits

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IT'S easy to take for granted all the sweet stuff we have here on the Coffs Coast.

But for MotionPoets Art lead singer Travers Ross, a chance encounter changed everything a and is taking him to Japan.

aI met Yukino McHugh when she came to a dance class a she'd been coming for years when her mum, out of the blue, came to town and I met her.a

And the story that Kino and her mum, Toshimi, told, was eye opening a Toshimi had gone to perform (as a singer) in the disaster area in Japan, a full year after the tsunami. What she saw was the struggle of people to recover.

Travers saw a great opportunity to export his particular brand of joy a this is a man who's very good at making you smile a to people who need it.

aWe didn't just want to send money a we wanted to give these people a gift to raise their smiles again,a Travers said. …

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