February 09, 2017
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that the company provided ocean transport of used wheelchairs collected by the nonprofit organization The Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children (*) (Chairperson: Hirokazu Morita; Headquarters: Fussa-shi, Tokyo) for donation to the Minister, Ministry of Social Affair, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation. This is the sixth time MOL has cooperated with this program, dating back to 2010.
The containership, loaded with a total of 90 wheelchairs, left the Port of Tokyo on November 25, 2016, and arrived at the Port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia on December 9. On February 1, 2017, Minister, Ministry of Social Affair, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation, and President of Disability Action Council, held a ceremony to mark the donation, and Mr. Sukit Rungpipat (Senior Advisor to MOL Cambodia) attended the ceremony from MOL side, receiving the Council's comment saying, "We appreciate for the attendance of MOL representatives at the ceremony today. MOL has supported our activities by providing free ocean transport of used wheelchairs. We look forward to your ongoing support of Cambodian children with physical disabilities."
MOL takes a proactive stance in social contribution activities that are unique to an ocean transport company with a global network.
*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 5,969 wheelchairs to children in 23 nations.