Provide a marathon bib for disabled and escort runners

Pokkapoka Runners

〒665-0854 6-1, Mefuyamatecho, Takarazuka-city,

One Bib - ¥1,700

Your donation will cover purchasing expenses for bibs worn by disabled runners and their escorts at practice sessions and marathon competition. Bibs ensure safety and allow the pairs to identify each other clearly.

Total Amount

¥8971 (5 bibs)

Target Amount

¥17000 (10 bibs)

Supporters

9

Time Remaining

100 Days

52.8%


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Project Description

Your donation will cover purchasing expenses for bibs worn by disabled runners and their escorts at practice sessions and marathon competition. Bibs ensure safety and allow the pairs to identify each other clearly.

Director

Yuko Hayashi

Director Yuko Hayashi

Born in Hyogo Prefecture, currently residing in Takarazuka City.
Her second son was born with Dravet's syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. When he was in high school, it became difficult for him to walk, therefore making it difficult for him to continue sports in the near future. Familiar with the sense of accomplishment obtained by running marathons, she founded the Pokakabakko Runners to help him and others like him with disabilities make fond memories with sports. Through this experience she wanted to make her son feel accepted with his disability. Her motto is "Do not refuse those who want."
She has written and published books "Kokoro 's Assistance Dog Tian - chan" by Heart Publishing and "Kiyo - kun of Special Talents". She also writes and gives lectures.

Categories

Human Services‎

Description

Tax Deductible Donation, Sports‎, Children‎, Elderly‎, Health, Welfare

Website & Social

We are supporting to participate marathon by matching escort runners with various disabled runners. Especially, we are providing footpeg wheelchair to people who have the handicap in physically, and they feel "the wind" by their own feet.
Footpeg wheelchair is wheelchair which has a pedal, and it is moving forward by pushing the pedal. If you can move either right foot or left foot any bit, you can move it. Many people are impressed that "my feet are moving!"
For people those who with intellectual disabilities, our program is a place to know "rules of society" and as a part of supporting independence by participating social activities.

We are practicing Takarazuka and Osaka, and attending 6~10 competition per year.
Also, we are organizing events such as Christmas lunch, BBQ, and making Udon events to make the exchange with escort runners, volunteers, disabled runners, and families.
There are various disabled participants, who are 3 to 82 years old, but we are working hard toward the goal together with everyone's hearts. Through operating "Pokkapoka workshops" to understand various handicaps in 3 times per year, it benefits to raise escort runners and local community contribution.