Mortgage within sight for Kogawa House
– Option to purchase:
open letter from Anton Wagner
Dear Friend of the Joy Kogawa House,
The Land Conservancy of British Columbia, which is spearheading the Fundraising drive to save the Joy Kogawa House, has an option to purchase Joy's Childhood home in Vancouver until the end of this month if it can raise sufficient funds for a mortgage on the House.
The 120-day demolition delay unanimously approved by Vancouver City Council in November has expired and there is now nothing to stop the demolition of Joy's childhood home if it is not purchased by the Land Conservancy.
Several hundred donors have already contributed over $215,000 to the Land Conservany of BC towards the purchase of the Joy Kogawa House. A mortgage for the House is in sight with your support.
If you have been moved by reading Joy's Obasan and agree that the “Obasan House” should be preserved as a centre for writers of conscience and as a living memorial to the forced evacuations and imprisonment of over 22,000 Japanese Canadians during World War II, I ask you to make a donation now to the
Land Conservancy via their website http://www.conservancy.bc.ca
Cheques in any amount made payable to “The Land Conservancy” can also be sent to The Land Conservancy, 5655 Sperling Avenue, Burnaby, BC V5E 2T2. The Land Conservancy telephone number is 604-733 2313. Each contribution, no matter how small, will show the federal, provincial and civic governments that there is public support for the Joy Kogawa House rescue drive and that government levels should also contribute.
If you have already donated, please circulate this message among your friends and ask for their assistance. Additional information about the Joy Kogawa House rescue drive can be found on the website http://www.kogawahouse.com
Thank you very much for your support.
Save Joy Kogawa House Committee
fax: 416-863 9973