Waiblingen, 10.06.2011

Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation and STIHL staff make donations for children in Japan

- Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation donates EUR 40,000 to Ashinaga organization
- Staff collect over EUR 25,000 for children's home in Ichinoseki

The horrendous earthquake that hit Japan on March 11 and its aftermath triggered a wave of sympathy among the STIHL workforce. The staff at all plants of the German founding company and the Swiss chain manufacturing facilities contributed more than EUR 25,000 in response to an appeal from the general works council. "The money will be transferred to the Malteser relief organization for the specific purpose of rebuilding a badly damaged children's home in North Japan. It is run by Sister Caelina Mauer and her staff, who look after 60 children and young people," says works council chairman Luigi Colosi.

In early April, the Eva Mayr-Stihl Foundation donated EUR 40,000 of immediate aid to the Japanese Ashinaga organization for the children affected by the disaster. Founder Eva Mayr-Stihl explains: "We have given the money directly to a respected Japanese organization, since it is in the best position to assess the situation locally and, furthermore, administration costs are kept low in this way."
Ashinaga is one of the oldest and best known humanitarian organizations in Japan. Named after the American novel ‘Daddy Long Legs' published in 1912, the non-profit organization, established more than 40 years ago, has been providing financial and emotional support to children who have lost their parents due to illness, accidents or disasters.

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Picture 1: Sr. Caelina Mauer amongst her protégés.

Picture 2: Sr. Caelina Mauer shows damages.

Copyright Photos: Kazushi Abe

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