The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and Nagoya International School (NIS) will join together on Sunday, May 19, rain or shine, at Moricoro Park for one of the region’s most popular annual events, the ACCJ/NIS Chubu Walkathon.
There will be great music, food, and fun for a good cause: supporting those in need within our community. Many corporate sponsors provided the funds needed to pull off this great event. Every year the Walkathon raises millions of yen through corporate pledges, in addition to the sale of food and tickets.
The 2018 Walkathon raised more than ¥8 million for several local charities. These contributions include small organizations doing big work on a grassroots level. The event supports groups such as Ichihoshi, which provides children with developmental disorders with after-school opportunities for skills building and play, and the Aichi Marrow Bank Support Association, which raises awareness of the need for bone marrow transplant donors.
Many of these smaller organizations rely on Walkathon funds for a large portion of their limited budgets, making it worth all the hard work of organizing and holding such an important community event.
Funds are also earmarked to support the Chubu Children’s Fund (CCF), a charitable organization born out of the 25th anniversary of the Walkathon. CCF aims to support children and young adults who have grown up in local orphanages by providing the tools needed to succeed after leaving the orphanages. This is done mainly through scholarships for tertiary education and by helping get children up to speed with technology. The first five scholarship recipients were present at last year’s Walkathon and assisted children in the game area. They not only participated in the event, but also raised awareness of the need for such scholarships.
Every year brings something new. In addition to music this year there will be Olympic-style games in a nod to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
As always local food and drink vendors will be on hand to complement the great fun activities with culinary delights.
There will also be an array of raffle prizes including everything from hotel stays and airline tickets to food and gift vouchers. You can even buy a “Special” Raffle ticket that gives you a chance at a really awesome prize, this year sponsored by Harman.
Not to be forgotten, a record number of volunteers—as well as supporters from several local universities and schools take part to ensure that the day goes smoothly. As a partner, students from Nagoya International School, also volunteer to help make sure the day runs smoothly.
First held more than 28 years ago with a couple hundred walkers, the event has stayed true to its original mission. The goal has always been to provide a way for corporations and individuals to join with the local community in a fun way to give back by supporting those in need and cultivating positive relationships for all— regardless of background or nationality. And it is a fun community event!