UPS Japan supported Japanese non-profit organization Ashinaga in their fundraising efforts during the recent Honda LA Marathon in Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.A. Ashinaga a group that provides educational/emotional support for orphans worldwide, was raising funds at the event for children who lost their parents in the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. UPS transported materials to set up Ashinaga’s donation booth at the venue, which included wrist bands and booklets containing essays of the bereaved children that were distributed at the booth.
Apart from the booth, Ashinaga will be represented by 16 high school and college athletes from four prefectures who also were severely affected in the earthquake and tsunami. Two of these athletes, Daichi Sato and Nozomi Uchimura from Miyagi prefecture, had lost their fathers in the catastrophe.
Funds raised are used for Ashinaga’s Tohoku Rainbow House and four other satellite facilities which provide emotional and psychological care to children who lost their parents in the disaster.
UPS has been involved with Ashinaga since 2003 through its annual charity walk event “Ashinaga P Walk 10.” Through the years, nearly 1,500 UPSers and their family members have participated in the walk. The UPS Foundation also awarded grants to Ashinaga in 2004 and 2008 totaling US$ 10,000.
UPS Japan’s president Masato Umeno said, “We are pleased to be able to support Ashinaga in their fund raising. We have a long relationship with them as volunteers and have also contributed financially through The UPS Foundation.”
Named after the 1912 American novel, Daddy-Long-Legs, Ashinaga is a non-profit organization that provides educational and emotional support for orphans worldwide. Over more than 40 years, the “Ashinaga Movement” has provided scholarships to nearly 85,000 children with 90 million yen donations from all over the world.
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