March 24th, 2011
02:13 PM ET
With a clothing line named Harajuku Lovers and a song called "Harajuku Girls," there's no doubt that Gwen Stefani has a soft spot for Japan.
Now, the singer is showing her love by donating $1 million to the rescue and relief efforts in the earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged country.
"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation, and respect for the Japanese people and their culture," says the singer, who first toured there in 1996 and became fascinated by the music, art and fashion in Tokyo's Harajuku district. "The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."
Besides giving her own generous donation to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, Stefani is also letting fans get in on the act.
Next week, she'll announce a charity auction in which the public can bid on a chance to join her at an L.A. fundraiser, and she'll sell a limited-edition Harajuku Lovers T-shirt of her own design on NoDoubt.com. One hundred percent of the tee's proceeds will go toward helping Japan.
“We are very grateful to have such a generous donation from Gwen Stefani for our relief efforts in Japan," said Charles MacCormack, president and CEO of Save the Children. "Save the Children has been in Japan for 25 years and we are working closely with our teams on the ground to address the immediate and ongoing needs of children and their families whose lives were turned upside down by this tragedy."
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