2013 Charities

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 Kanto 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. Since FIT For Charity 2012, we have returned to our original concept of supporting our local communities and supported eight Kanto based non-profit organizations.

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  more than 90% of the total funds collected.

The FIT For Charity 2013 Organising Committee are pleased to announce the 8 beneficiary charities we will be supporting this year. After a thorough review the charities were selected through a voting process held amongst eligible FIT sponsor and supporter firms.

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Our vision is to provide a better working environment for women in small to medium sized companies. Our aim is to help them retain and secure their jobs upon their return from maternity leave or during childcare. We also provide assistance to build careers for women throughout their various life events.

LinkIconJapan Blind Football Association (JBFA)

JBFA campaigns with the power of football to help create a society where the visually impaired and those who are not can live together. The association’s vision is to improve the social circumstances surrounding the visually impaired by raising the public awareness of blind football.

LinkIconNPO Kids’ Door

Our main focus is to provide study support for children of underprivileged families in Japan by developing various learning programs to close the education gap. Our goal is to serve as a base to develop a society in which children live a happy, healthy and productive life.

LinkIconNPO Lifestyle Research Institute of Forests (LSRIF)

LSRIF is working in partnerships with citizens, companies and government agencies to restore Japanese forests which have been degraded due to lack of maintenance. Through nature camps and tree planting and clearing activities, LSRIF aims to involve the general public in environmental activities through our principle of “do the right thing whilst having fun”.

LinkIconNPO Mirai no Mori

Mirai no Mori creates life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected, and orphaned Japanese children. Our English language summer camps help at-risk youths find their potential whilst enjoying the natural surroundings.

LinkIconNPO Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (formerly Polaris Project Japan)

Our organisation is fighting to eliminate the many forms of human trafficking present in Japan. These include child prostitution, child pornography, sexual violence against women, and forced labour in the sex and other industries.

LinkIconNPO Supporting Network for Chronic Sick Children of Japan

Our organisation builds and encourages participation in a network of families and children dealing with chronic diseases and the people who support them. Our aim is to maximize the effect of the network by working on various activities to enhance the quality of life of the children and their families.

LinkIconNPO TENOHASI

Our organisation provides various types of livelihood support to people living on the street in the Toshima-ward. These include food provisioning, night patrols, medical consultation and supporting their access to administrative services which allow the homeless people to settle in the region independently.