MC has many long-running programs which provide support to people with mental and physical impairments so that they may live rewarding lives as equal members of society. In addition, we also proudly work with a number of other organizations and facilities with the aim of realizing a society which is easy to live in for everyone.
Friendship Camp for Mothers and Children
MC has been holding the two-night, three-day Friendship Camp for Mothers and Children in mountain village of Yoshizato, Minamiuonuma-shi, Niigata Prefecture, every year since 1974. The camp is for single mothers and their children who reside in the Tokyo metropolitan area. This program gives children the chance to interact with nature, something that is difficult to do in a big city, and to make new friends. Mothers, meanwhile, enjoy playing with their child(ren) as well as getting the opportunity to talk about their daily concerns with counselors and exchange information with other mothers. With the assistance of around 30 MC employee volunteers, participants take walks in the mountains, camp out and etc.., among other activities.
MC/Tokyo YMCA Fall Camp at Lake Yamanakako
Since 2003, MC has held an annual outdoor camp during the fall at Lake Yamanakako in Japan for children with learning disabilities. The camp is planned and operated by Tokyo YMCA with assistance from MC as a collaborative program; employees participate on a volunteer basis as camp leaders. The program offers children a variety of challenges designed to build self-confi dence and increase communication skills by learning how to work together in teams. Approximately 40 children participate over 3 days.
Support for the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon
Launched to celebrate the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981, the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon draws the world's top wheelchair racers every year. MC began supporting the marathon in 1991 and MC employees volunteer to help with its organization. The Oita International Wheelchair Marathon also serves as a valuable opportunity for raising global awareness about disability issues.