Building a Difference
4Life Japan continued its ongoing relationship with Seibo Aijien orphanage by hosting a Halloween party at the 4Life office in Tokyo, Japan. Twenty-seven kids from the orphanage attended the party, along with 4Life Japan General Manager Scott Dalton, 4Life distributors, and 4Life staff volunteers. The party featured several fun activities for the children, including a shooting game, mini soccer, mini golf, and the chance to watch a movie. As part of the event, 4Life Japan made a $2,000 USD (239,640 yen) contribution to Seibo Aijien. 4Life staff member Ms. Taketani commented, “This activity helped me understand the meaning of Together, Building People. No matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you make, we can all help others.” Seibo Aijien is an orphanage in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan that was originally founded in 1946. Approximately 50 children between the ages of two and 18 live at the orphanage.
Distributors and employees in Japan worked together to clean up Kasai Rinkai Park in Tokyo, Japan. The group cleaned the park and gathered together a lot of garbage that they were able to properly throw away. Later, attendees enjoyed a barbecue in the park. This was a special “Women 4Life” project for Japan, bringing women together to do service in the community. “I joined the planning team for this activity, and it was great to work together with distributors in providing service for others,” commented 4Life employee Ms. Nakamura.
Throughout 2008, 4Life Japan distributors collected and donated 4000 plastic bottles caps for recycling. The proceeds from recycling were used to purchase polio vaccines for the Japan Committee, Vaccines for the World’s Children. Established in 1994, this non-profit organization supplies vaccines to help eradicate polio in the Asian region. They also survey the needs of developing countries in Asia and dispatch immunology specialists to provide appropriate help in preventing polio.
Ritsuko Noshiro is a famous endurance off-road car racer who competes in events all over the world, including the Dakar Rally, which starts in Paris, France, and ends in Dakar, Senegal. In addition to her racing career, Ms. Noshiro is passionate about humanitarian work. She often attends races in third-world countries, and was heartbroken when she first saw the condition of the schools and children in those areas of the world. She began collecting school supplies in Japan and donating them to local orphanages or schools in remote areas of the world. During the 2008 4Life Japan convention, distributors and executives contributed school notebooks for Ms. Noshiro’s cause. Close to 4500 notebooks were collected.
Seibo Aijien is an orphanage in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan that was originally founded for World War II orphans in 1946. Today, children come to Seibo Aijien for a variety of reasons, including divorce or death of parents, abuse, and poverty. Approximately 50 children between the ages of two and 18 live at the orphanage. The 4Life Japan office hosted a special party in honor of the children at Seibo Aijien. Party attendees enjoyed shooting games, bowling (with empty RioVida® bottles as bowling pins), playing ring toss, and watching a children’s movie together. A miniature golf course was even set up in the office.