FIT For Charity is dedicated to supporting non-profit community organisations serving important, but not necessarily well-recognised needs, with limited fundraising capabilities. Supported charities that represent this principle are chosen from organisations in the greater Tokyo area. Funds are divided equally among them. As a non-standing organisation, FIT prefers to support community organisations on a one-year basis. By doing so, FIT can vary the organisations and therefore support a wide range of causes. In 2011, ten community organisations received proceeds from the FIT for Charity 2011 event. Due to the unprecedented damage caused by the 11 March Great East Japan Earthquake, FIT decided to both support organisations who were supporting community needs in Tokyo and those who were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster.
FIT For Charity 2012 will support the following eight Kanto based non-profit organisations who are focussed on under-recognised needs in the Kanto area.
Because all members of the FIT For Charity Organising Committee are themselves unpaid volunteers, and because almost all of the elements needed to stage the FIT event are donated by companies and their employees, the community organisations supported by FIT receive 100% of all donations and participation fees, and close to 90% of the total funds collected.
We provide support to parents and their children who are admitted to hospital with advanced medical needs. Our volunteers will play with children at their bedside, providing respite for the parents. We have opened a nearby facility “House Grandma”, which allows parents and children with serious illnesses to interact and play.
In recent years severely disabled children requiring daily medical care are moving to living in the community with their family. Hotto Station Lala provides temporary relief to enable families to better cope with the additional stress and prevent burnout stemming from the 24 hour responsibility this brings.
NPO House for Women Saalaa
Our main objective is to provide emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and people trafficking, regardless of their nationality. We provide telephone counseling through our hotline services in different languages such as Thai, Korean, Tagalog, Spanish, Portuguese, English, Chinese and Japanese. Aside from providing shelter and the hotline, we aim to increase the self-reliance of women and children through after-care and support. Recently Saalaa is also working together in cooperation with the public welfare sector to support women and children from other countries.
Madre Bonita is dedicated to developing and providing a holistic fitness program specially designed for women after childbirth to support their mental and physical well-being through the stages of pregnancy, childbirth, and postnatal care. We provide the program in multiple locations in Japan, taught by self-employed trainers who are trained and certified through our trainer development program.
We also aim to raise awareness and promote research on postpartum depression, changes in marital relationships, women’s careers after childbirth and other issues often overlooked in the mainstream.
Pet Satooya Kai is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. We organise shelters for abandoned dogs and cats until they find families to take care of them. We rescue animals from public animal shelters where they will eventually put down in gas chambers or from breeders going out of business. We hold regular “Meet & Greet” events every weekend at two locations (every Saturday at JR Urawa Station and Sunday in Itabashi) to find foster homes for the animals.
We provide a 24 hour hot line for women and children who have just fallen victim to sexual assault. Our hot line is attended by trained staff. We offer counseling, gynecology department medical care, assistance in contacting the police, and introductions to lawyers and a psychiatrists. We also provide ongoing general support in the medium-and-long term to help people re-build their lives.
With the goal of helping the hearing impaired fully integratedinto society, we are creating an IT Service for Deaf people with a special focus on sign language. With this “Tech for the Deaf” service, we want to help them realise their dreams and enhance their quality of life.
Yuzuriha, Aftercare Centre for children & youth raised in orphanages and shelters – Social Welfare Foundation
We support people once they leave care facilities such as orphanages, self-reliance support homes or adopted families. We aim to prevent these people committing suicide, becoming homeless or turning to crime by supporting them in finding accommodation, employment, education and general day to day life.