News Release

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Paraguayan Embassy Thanks MOL for Transporting Wheelchairs for Children in Paraguay


Implementing Social Contribution Program, Unique to MOL, Drawing upon its Global Network

TOKYO—Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) received a letter of appreciation from the Paraguayan Embassy, thanking the company for providing ocean transport of used wheelchairs from Japan to Paraguay, where they were delivered to needy children. This is the second time MOL has teamed up with the Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children (*), a certified NPO, following a project in 2010.

A total of 80 used wheelchairs for children were loaded on its ope. rated containership at Port of Yokohama and left on October 23, 2014. The vessel arrived at the port of Asuncion on January 19 and the wheelchairs were delivered to children.

Paraguayan Ambassador to Japan Naoyuki Toyotoshi presented MOL with a letter of appreciation from Minister of Secretaria National por los Derechos Humanos de las Personas con Discapacidad (SENADIS) Rocio FLorentin Gomez. Said Ambassador Toyotoshi, "Even when organizations seek to support Paraguay from overseas, their support cannot be realized without transportation. We greatly appreciate MOL’s efforts to assist this project with free transport."

MOL takes a proactive stance in social contribution activities that are unique to an ocean transport company with a global network.

(*) Certified NPO Volunteers Group to Send Wheelchairs to Overseas Children
The group collects used wheelchairs in Japan, cleans and repairs them, and donates then to disabled children overseas. The group was established in 2014 and to date has donated 4,320 wheelchairs to children in 21 nations.