Toronto figure skater Patrick Chan felt pretty helpless watching the earthquakes in Japan and worrying about friends he has on and off the ice there.
On Saturday night at 7 p.m., he will try do his part to help out when he skates in Oshawa Skating Club's Ice Show at the GM Centre in Oshawa. This will be the last public appearance for the reigning ISU Grand Prix champion before the world championships in Moscow beginning April 24.
Of course, the worlds had to be moved from their original site of Tokyo because of the havoc wreaked by the natural disaster in Japan.
Chan is donating half of his skating fee Saturday night to the Canadian Red Cross efforts to help in the Japan Earthquake/Asia Pacific Tsunami aftermath and the other half to a scholarship fund in memory of his late coach Osborne Colson.
Don Jackson, the 1962 world champion who was also coached by Colson, is headlining the show with Chan.
Chan has been on a roll this season and looks ready to move up a notch after winning silver at the last two world championships.
"The wait definitely hasn't changed anything," he said recently. "It has just made me a little more hungry. As I wait longer and longer, I get more anxious and anxious. It's not bad at all. It's just a matter of staying healthy and staying mentally healthy."
Tickets can be purchase on the General Motors Centre website and at the box office.
(The photo was taken by Mike Cassese of Reuters at Skate Canada in Kingston)