Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) receives donation from Japanese philanthropist
Burlington, Ont.— March 3, 2017 — Japanese philanthropist Taroo Enomoto, from Burlington’s twin city, Itabashi, Japan, has donated 450,000 yen (about C$4,753) to the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK).
Enomoto, who is from Itabashi, Japan, has donated close to C$40,000 to Burlington over the past 28 years, including donating rhododendrons to Paletta Lakefront Mansion. His generosity towards Burlington began in 1989 with the twinning of Burlington and Itabashi, Japan. The bond has been strengthened through the city’s Mundialization Committee and multiple exchanges.
The twinning agreement between Burlington and Itabashi was signed at Burlington City Hall by former Mayors Roly Bird and Keizo Kurihura on May 12, 1989. The relationship has developed since that time through regular citizen visits, official delegations and memorable anniversary celebrations.
Mayor Rick Goldring, Councillor Blair Lancaster and members of the Mundialization Committee will present a cheque to ROCK on Tuesday, March 7 at 10 a.m. at ROCKs Our Community Cares (OCC) Centre located at 702 Surrey Lane in Burlington.
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Mayor Rick Goldring
“Mr. Enomoto’s many contributions can be seen and enjoyed throughout our city. His support of child and youth organizations like ROCK, invests in our future. We are thankful for his ongoing investment in the mental health and wellbeing of our youth.”
Ward 6 Councillor Blair Lancaster, City Council’s representative on the Burlington’s Mundialization Committee
“I am very pleased that the Burlington Mundialization Committee is recommending that the funds once again be given to the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), in keeping with Mr. Enomoto’s wishes that the money benefit children/youth in Burlington.”
Joanna Matthews, vice-president of strategic development, ROCK
“One in five young people is battling a mental health issue. They deserve access to mental health services and supports that respond quickly and comprehensively to their needs, as close to home as possible. As a lead agency for child and youth mental health in our community, ROCK will use this generous donation to ensure immediate access to children and youth in need through our Burlington walk-in counselling clinic. We are grateful to Burlington’s Mundialization Committee and to Mr. Enomoto for this support.”
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The definition of “mundialization” is the act of a city or local authority declaring itself a “world citizen” and being aware of global issues with a sense of shared rights and responsibility. The word itself stems from the Latin word “mundus” which means “world”. The concept involves the twinning of cities from around the world, in the belief that peaceful cooperation depends on mutual trust and appreciation among peoples of different nations, races, cultures and systems. Mundialization encourages citizen connections as a way of fostering world peace and global understanding.