January 23, 2012 10:15 AM
Hello, I'm Tonari,and I work for the Corporate Citizenship Office at Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.(TRI)
Let me talk about the TRI Charity Concert today. This concert was first held in 2000 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of TRI's establishment. As part of our social contribution activities, each year we invite to the concert local residents who win tickets by lottery.
On Sunday, November 6, 2011, we held the 12th TRI Charity Concert at Komaki-shi Shimin Kaikan. Despite the rainy weather, the concert venue was almost full, with 1,120 guests. We again invited world-renowned maestro Kazuyoshi Akiyama as conductor, and violinist Yasuko Otani as soloist. She is one of the most famous violinists in Japan and often appears on TV. Since it was publicized that the concert program would include two great violin concertos, by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky, performed by Ms.Otani, the concert attracted much attention; the lottery was highly competitive, with 3,500 applications.
The purpose of the charity concert this year was to support survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake. We made it clear that donations from guests would support the non-profit organization Ashinaga's fund-raising efforts to help children orphaned by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami; we placed a donation box at the concert hall entrance. Thanks to the generosity of many people, we were pleased to collect 400,000 yen, exceeding the previous year's amount.
The charity concert, which marked its 12th year this year, has become a pillar of TRI's community contribution activities. We will continue holding this event in the future.
▲ TRI Charity Concert
▲ Donation box at entrance
Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd.
Tokai Rubber (headquartered in Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture), celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2009. The company supplies industry with rubber products utilizing its composite material technologies and advanced processing technologies, which include not only its core business of auto parts, but also precision parts for office equipment and other industrial materials. The company has expanded its production facilities to eight countries in four core regions of the world, where it aims to maintain uniform quality worldwide and achieve the world’s top quality.
Tokai Rubber Industries, Ltd. website: http://www.tokai.co.jp/english/