Employee Volunteers Accompanied Children with Life-threatening Illnesses, and their Families, on Memory-making Trips to Tokyo in June and July
"A Dream A Day in Tokyo," a self-styled "Hospitality Guesthouse," is a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization engaged in the "business" of creating lasting memories of enjoyment for children with incurable illnesses and their families. Its activities focus on making the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families come true. The organization plans trips for them, handles arrangements at the locations to be visited, and provides both medical and sightseeing support by volunteers.
The program has proved memorable and meaningful for the volunteers as well. One volunteer who participated in June said the experience heightened his awareness toward making social contributions by supporting those in socially disadvantaged positions. Another volunteer, who took part in July, said she learned how even a small amount of assistance can help to lighten the burden on the children’s parents, enabling them to accomplish things they could not do on their own. One other volunteer spoke of another important aspect of these activities: "The brothers and sisters of ill children are all too often unable to go on family trips because of their parents' obligations for taking care of their sick child. Under this program, the ill children's siblings were also given the gift of a memorable and fun trip with their families."
In keeping with the commitment incorporated into the CSR Action Guidelines to "create a more harmonious society," the MHI Group will continue to support the participation of its employees in volunteer activities such as these that provide meaningful opportunities for interacting directly with various members of society.
Volunteers provided assistance in Tokyo Disneyland.
At Legoland, volunteers spent an enjoyable time with the ill children and their families.