2011: Tokyo Marathon
On 27 February 2011, four wonderful women ran the Tokyo Marathon in order to raise funds for FCP. Led by our committee member Karen Bautista, TEAM FCP was made up of Andrea McTamaney, Tomomi Kumagai, and Ann Marie Skalecki. Their target was to raise USD 6,000 but they far exceeded it by raising USD 9,300.
2009: Essay Contest
We held our first Essay Contest in May 2009 in Japan. We raised 1,000 (US$ 1,600) with 64 children from 6 schools in Tokyo entering their Essays on why it is important to help a child in need.
We received wonderful support from our sponsor Tokyo Families Magazine (tokyofamilies.com)
2010: Essay Contest in Japan
Our Second Contest was held in May 2010 in Japan. We raised £3,000 (US$ 4,835) with 275 children from 15 schools in Tokyo entering their stories and pictures.
2010: The Big Swim
After 3 months of training, Nick Cederwell very bravely attempted to swim from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan, on behalf of FCP. He waited in Northern Honshu for several days to attempt the swim and in spite of poor swimming conditions, he decided to give it a go.
The Spinathon held on 5 December 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa, was a huge success and US$ 4 000.00 was raised for the charity. Virgin Active was fantastic, and many of the FCS Units were there to support us. The event created a lot of awareness and interest in the organisation and what it stands for.
Our 2010 winning entries:
Ayaka Kawahara | 1st Place | 7-9 Years Old
Age 8, Nishimachi International School, Teacher - Ms Ferrans
I am going to make a school for everyone if I had a chance to make the world a better place.
First I would teach people how to take care for themselves. I would get a lot of supplies and teach people how to cure themselves too. Next I will tell people how to cook foods. I would also tell people how to care for themselves or tell them what to do when they are sick. The kind of school I'm going to make is a school for children and for grownups. That school you only need to pay a little. My other dream is for my school is to teach my students how to work.
Learn skills which is math, Language and social studies. How to spend money in life and at last how to begin a company. As you can see I am going to make a school for everyone which I can teach how to take care for themselves and how to work. I hope I can make schools like this.
Sarina Hanai | 2nd Place | 7-9 Years Old
Age 8, International School of the Sacred Heart
If I could change the world
If I could change the world, I would make it so that all the children could stay safely with their parents.
Some of the reasons why children can't stay with their parents are because of war, abuse and poverty.
I would make it so that all parents would have enough love and patience to properly care for their children. So that they would never beat them or not feed them. I would make sure that all parents knew how to take care of their children and knew how to love them. I would make it so that all parents would never hurt their children.
I would make sure that all families had a home that was safe and warm and that all families had food to eat.
I would stop all wars so that children would not be forced to leave their families so homes don't get destroyed and children don't become orphans.
This is what I would do to keep children safely with their parents.
Josephine Greenall-Ota | 3rd Place | 7-9 Years Old
Nishimachi International School, Age 8, Teacher - Mrs Lupane
One day I would want to see no more homeless people in the world. I have seen a lot of people who are homeless. I have always wanted to help them and I finally got the chance. My friend in London said she knew someone who helps people in the Kibera slum in Kenya. So she sent me cards that the women in Kibera slum had made to sell to people. I sold the cards at my school and church. I sold 300 cards and raised ¥75,000. My mom and dad sent the money to Kibera slum. Soon a lot of the people had clothes, food and money. Then my parents spoke with my London friend who said "I will give you 2,000 cards to sell". I woke up the next morning and my mom told me the good news. Then bigger news! Another person was going to sell the cards with me! So she will sell 1,000 cards and I will sell 1,000 cards. Over the summer, I wish I could go to Kibera slum and see how everything is going. I am imagining all the people getting clean water, food and clothes from a close town. All the children will be able to go to school, they will learn to write and read. So my solution will help make people happy and grateful in their hearts. They would be proud that they made the cards to help others in the country. So that is my solution.
Erika Dalton | 1st Place | 10-12 Years Old
Age 10, International School of the Sacred Heart, Teacher - Ms. Mountford
The Special Gift:
"Oh and I love your brand new sweater!" Claire cried. Alice couldn't help but smile, her Aunt Melody works for a clothing company, so for her birthday she gave her a gorgeous "one of a kind" sweater. The sweater was purple (her favorite color) smothered with pink peace signs.
On her way home she saw a starving girl. She looked so freezing, just looking at the child made her feel like a popsicle. Alice felt the urge to present her sweater to the poor friend. She looked back, placed her lovable sweater above her feet and explained to the girl...
"My wish is for you to have this sweater, I have plenty of sweaters, also I do not have to suffer the miserable cold, and I would do anything for you to have this sweater" Alice said with an open heart.
That day Alice learned a very important lesson. Even the smallest thing means so much more from another person's eyes, if you can take a second to look back and see those who are suffering.
Furthermore, Alice learned that even though everyone has different likes and needs there's a special gift and it's the same for everyone, it's the gift of giving love to someone besides yourself, and looking at those behind you.
Love is impossible to fully explain in words; it's only something you can truly feel. If you want to feel this precious feeling, donate wanted items, more importantly, donate love.
Look back, give love!
Julie Reed | 2nd Place | 10-12 Years Old
Age 10, Nishimachi International School, Teacher – Ms Doyce
How I would change the world would be to provide money for education for poor people so they can provide for themselves. This is important to me because my mother and father do that for me. They send me to school, so when I grow up I can work for myself. That is called education. I would like do the same for poor people living in poor countries. They need to have education to have jobs like doctors, teachers and farmers. This will help people improve their life by educating their people and feeding their people. So they won't need any more money from other countries in the future. As the famous Chinese proverb says "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime".
Dana Schatz | 3rd Place | 10-12 Years OldAge 10, Nishimachi International School, Teacher - Ms Suzor
I Can Make a Difference
I have noticed over the past few years that in some places children can't go to school. So they never learn how to read. Also, they don't have anything to read.
A lot of fortunate children take their ability to read for granted. It bothers me that some kids have tons of books that just sit on a shelf, while in some countries there are children that have never picked up a book in their life. That is why when I can't find a book that I haven't read on my bookshelf. I pick up a good book that I read a while ago to read, instead of letting it sit there to never be read again.
I want to help the children who can't read by giving them books. What I would do to make this happen is I would have a book drive at school and my Hebrew school for books that people don't want anymore, or have grown out of. Then I would do research on what county is in great need of books, I would then send the books that I collected, along with some of my own books to that country.
I know it isn't doing something big like creating world peace, but it will make a difference in the lives of some children and I think that matters a lot.
Our 2010 winning entries:
Min-Hyeok (Andy) Jang | 1st Place | 6 Years and Under
Age 6, Montessori School of Tokyo, Teacher - Liam Murray
Matthew Morimoto | 2nd Place | 6 Years and Under
British School in Tokyo
Yuka Iwase | 3rd Place | 6 Years and Under
Age 4, International School of the Sacred Heart, Teacher - Miss Liliana Jeremic
Ayuri Tsunoda | 1st Place | 13-18 Years Old
Age 14, Tamagawa Seigakuin, Teacher - Jason Kuiper
What would you do if you had a chance to change the world for children, who are in fear, children who are being abused?
I want the world to know that every single human being is valuable and they are not to be ignored. I also believe that everyone has a right to be loved and to have hope. I think for children this is not only a want but a need.
I usually hear people just saying "I feel bad for poor people" without making any actions. But I'm the kind of person who wants to make a change. People often think that giving money is the easiest way to help children, but I think that giving them love is the best way to help children.
A child's job is to play, smile and laugh.
Being abused, or not being able to smile is one of the worst things that can happen to children. I would visit and play with them so that I can make them smile from their heart. I believe that laughing, smiling and being loved are some ways to forget about all the fear and loneliness.
All they need is someone who would really think about them, care about them and love them. By spending time with them, children will have hope to live and also will be positive about their future. I hope that this will make the world brighter and happier, not just for the children, but also for the whole world.
Marina Yoshimura | 2nd Place | 13-18 Years Old
Age 13, Tokyo International School, Teachers – Gillian Presland and Matt Plummer
CHILDREN; LIVE, LEARN, LEAD
Imagine everyday, wondering if you will live through the night, if you will ever see sunlight again. So many have this fear. Tons of individuals suffer from trauma and hostilities, including children - leaders of our present and future generations.
Although I am very passionate to help those who are in need, I know that I do not truly understand the hostilities the victims have to live through unless I am one of them. But I sill believe that I can sympathize and help in a way. I can share happiness, especially to the ones who have forgotten even what the word means.
Supposedly, its standard that children get education. We are blessed to go to school. However, to this day many kids stay home working with adults, carrying water from one place to another, hunting for food, washing clothes. They deserve to dream big, to start living the way they want to. I will build schools, maybe boarding schools too -scholarships for gifted and incredibly determined students; public libraries and school libraries; and workshops that I will start up for victims who have lost hope, I will start up a foundation and collaborate with the existing ones that help children who desperately need a hand. I will start fundraising events that raise money for stationery, computers, books and furniture.
Whatever I choose to do, I will work, I will inspire and educate and share my happiness with those who need them.
Akane Fujimura | 3rd Place | 13-18 Years Old
Age 14, Tamagawa Seigakuin, Teacher - Jason Kuiper
If I could change something in the world I would erase child labor.
I fist learned about child labor last year, when I read a book written by Craig Kielburger. Craig read a newspaper article about a boy who was the same age as him in India. This boy was a person of action for helping erase child labor, but tragically he was killed by someone. Craig was shocked by the news and started the organization "Free The Children" when he was twelve years old. When I read this book I realized that taking action is very important.
One day last June, I demonstrated with about one hundred other students. We walked from Harajuku to Shibuya and held placards, saying "No more child labor" or "Give education to every child."
If we could erase child labor, we could help more than two hundred million children from the terrible environments they work in and we could also protect their rights to receive an equal education, If children can get a good education may of them could get a stable job. That is why I want to erase child labor. Then children in the world can be happier. I hope this will happen in the near future.