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February 24, 2016

MOL Receives Letter of Appreciation for Transporting Used Wheelchairs for Children in Philippines - Drawing upon its Global Network to Contribute to Society -

The NPO servicing wheelchairs in Japan
The NPO servicing wheelchairs in Japan

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that the company received a letter of appreciation from the Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation, Inc. (Representative: Jaime C. Del Rosario; Headquarters: Makati City) for providing ocean transport of used wheelchairs for children in the Philippines. The letter was presented at a February 9 ceremony in Manila marking the donation of the wheelchairs by the non-profit organization The Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children(*) (Chairperson: Hirokazu Morita; Headquarters: Fussa-shi, Tokyo). This is the fourth time MOL has teamed up with the NPO since 2010.

The containership, loaded with a total of 90 wheelchairs, left the Port of Yokohama on December 29, 2015, and on January 10 of this year, arrived at Manila, where the wheelchairs were distributed to needy children. At the ceremony on February 9, the foundation presented MOL with a letter of appreciation, saying, "We understand that you have contributed to our activity by providing free ocean transport of wheelchairs. I hope for your continued support to this program for the physically challenged children in the Philippines."

MOL takes a proactive stance in social contribution activities that are unique to an ocean transport company with a global network.

At the ceremony commemorating the donation: Jun Lacson, Country Director of MOL Philippines, Inc. (5th from right); Jaime C. Del Rosario, chairman and president of the Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation, Inc. (8th from right); Norihiro Nose, director of the Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children (9th from right)
At the ceremony commemorating the donation:
Jun Lacson, Country Director of MOL Philippines, Inc. (5th from right);
Jaime C. Del Rosario, chairman and president of the Jesus V. Del Rosario Foundation, Inc. (8th from right);
Norihiro Nose, director of the Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children (9th from right)

*Certified NPO Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children
Established in 2004, the group collects used wheelchairs outgrown by children in Japan, cleans, repairs, and services them, and donates them to physically disabled children overseas. To date it has donated 5,011 wheelchairs to children in 22 nations.

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