June 19, 2012 10:01 AM
▲ Opening ceremony (a player makes the “fair play” oath)
Greetings! I’m Muraoka, of the HR & Administration Group, Osaka.
Every year, together with staff from our neighboring companies (Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.), I participate in the family sports festival and the mandarin orange picking held by the Association of Physically Disabled People based in Konohana Ward.
Let me tell you about the family sports festival which was held in such fine weather on Sunday, May 13.
The family sports festival, which was held for the 48th time this year, is held every May in the playground of an elementary school in Konohana Ward, in a bid to promote interaction with physically disabled persons and their families, to improve their health through sports, to develop their mental strength and independence, and to create opportunities that will lead to their further participation in society and contribution to their communities.
▲ Fishing-like game
This year, approximately 130 people participated in the sports event. Divided into groups of those with limb disorders, those with hearing and speech disorders, those with visual disorders, elementary school students and younger, and guests (other participants), they participated in 18 activities, such as a wheelchair relay, a fishing-like game, and a balloon-breaking game. I was truly impressed that together, everybody enjoyed the games very much.
While supporting the event as a game preparation staff member and photographer, I participated in the race for the bun and the fishing-like game as a member of the guest and staff group. I had a great fun time.
I’ll participate in this event again in the future when time allows. I hope that, while promoting interaction with disabled people and their families, I can be of some help to them.