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On May 17, great weather, delicious food, awe-inspiring music, and fun events, as well as incredible prizes and fantastic people made the 24th Chubu Walkathon International Charity Festival an event to remember.

An annual gathering organized in the central region of the country by the local and international community, including the Chubu Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and the Nagoya International School (NIS), the Chubu Walkathon has raised over ¥123 million ($1 million) for charities in its 24 year history.

Highlights of the day include an invigorating walk organized by students from the NIS.

With eight stations of trivia, challenges, and games, not to mention a number of prizes to be won, the walk was great fun that was enjoyed by all members of the Chubu family—including leaders such as President and CEO of Oak Lawn Marketing, Inc. (Shop Japan) Harry A. Hill, NIS Head of School Matthew Parr, ACCJ President Jay Ponazecki, and ACCJ Vice President Chris Zarodkiewicz.

A word of thanks must be extended to all the sponsors, not forgetting Kondo Sanko Co., Ltd., The Boeing Company, and IMRA America, Inc.

We also wish to thank the many volunteers, vendors, band members, charities, and participants at the event for all of their generous contributions. Without their support, the walkathon would not have been possible.

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A hit with everyone on the day, especially given the great weather, was the dunk tank. With over 300 dunks, including of local leaders, it will be long remembered.

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In addition to the dunks and the walk, there was a special performance by local pop idols OS☆U, who were the official “PR Ambassador” of the event. And incredible ambassadors they were; they sang, danced, greeted, and met with the crowds all day.

Indeed, a variety of local talent took to the stage, from oldies to newbies to originals; the crowd hummed, sang, and danced along with every tune played.

This year also saw a superb array of prizes on offer: a trip to Guam or Hawaii, a private helicopter tour of Nagoya, prizes from Shop Japan, and an Apple Watch courtesy of IMRA.

But, of course, the Chubu Walkathon is carried out with one aim in mind: supporting the charities that help truly worthy causes in the region.

Following this year’s success, the chapter is already laying down plans for next year’s event: the 25th Annual Chubu Walkathon. To kick things off, a “25 in 25” initiative will be launched with an aim to increase the amount of money raised to ¥25 million.

We are excited by this challenge, and eagerly anticipate generous support and contributions from our fellow ACCJ members, supporters, and well-wishers.

For more information on the Chubu Walkathon, please visit us online: http://en.chubuwalkathon.com/

Co-organizer NIS Head of School Matthew Parr, center, and Director of Admissions and Development Erik Olson-Kikuchi lead the walk.

Co-organizer NIS Head of School Matthew Parr, center, and Director of Admissions and Development Erik Olson-Kikuchi lead the walk.

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Jeff Genet, Community Service Committee-Chubu, and Chris Zarodkiewicz, vice president-Chubu.

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The Chubu Walkathon is carried out with one aim in mind: supporting the charities that help truly worthy causes in the region.