Walkathon 2020: A Virtual Fundraising Success!
The ACCJ/NIS Charity Walkathon is a wonderful event that brings together the foreign and Japanese communities of Chubu and enables us to give back to the community in which we live, reside or work in. Through the Walkathon we are able to support various charitable organizations that in turn provide support for individuals in need throughout the Chubu region. The event is made possible thanks to the hard work by volunteers and the support of businesses within the Chubu region. Walkers purchase tickets (which is their donation) and companies purchase banners and sponsor the event at various sponsoring levels. Besides the actual walk, there are food vendors, music, a raffle and stage events.
Or so that is what usually happens! Like other world events, the 2020 Walkathon went completely online using the magic of Zoom and Facebook Live, on May 24 to raise nearly 5 million yen to donate to local charities! Despite the challenges, NIS students were there to help by designing the 29th Annual Walkathon official T-shirt, choreographing a TikTok challenge, and joining in on the day - virtually of course! NIS is proud to be a part of the event and involves the entire school community, year after year.
Organizations receiving support from Walkathon are doing important work in our local community to support people needing a helping hand: orphans, victims of child abuse, the physically and mentally challenged, and people suffering from terrible illnesses including AIDS and cancer. NIS gladly invites the representatives of these organizations to the school each year to celebrate the dispersement of the funds. The students are in charge of organizing, hosting, and emceeing the event each year.
The Walkathon creates a truly wonderful opportunity for both foreign and Japanese residents to join together as one to give back to our community. We are fortunate to have a balance of both corporate and individual support from everyone year after year. Both NIS and the ACCJ and the many organizations that receive funding would like to extend a special thank you to the individual walkers, donors and corporate sponsors who have supported the event in the past.
We hope to be back walking in the park again in 2021 when we celebrate 30 years of the Walkathon!