Iron Maiden fans raise aid for Japan

September 17th, 2011 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Sep 17 (IANS) Rock band Iron Maiden fans have raised more than 36,000 pounds for the ongoing relief efforts in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.

The band was travelling to Tokyo for two shows when the massive tremors struck and they were forced to divert their jet to Nagoya in the wake of the disaster, Contactmusic.com reports.

“The terrific support from our fans has resulted in over 36,000 pounds being raised in proceeds from the sales of the Japanese event shirt through the Iron Maiden shop and a retail version of the shirt which was sold in the USA,” the rockers said in a statement.

“The band have channelled all their profits and royalties into the fund, which has been donated to the Japanese Red Cross charity,” they said.

“We’d like to thank everyone who took part in this initiative in support of our fellow Maiden fans in Japan and the many others affected by the tsunami,” they added.

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