As part of its commitment to support the Filipino Para-athletes, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recently turned over a 29-seater coaster to the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC).
The donation was made under Toyota’s global corporate initiative – Start Your Impossible, which aims to promote inclusivity and sustainability by opening opportunities to Para athletes and helping them seek avenues that can help them realize their dreams.
“We are proud to be a part of this advocacy because it allows us to help change people’s lives by enabling them to overcome challenges and reach their aspirations,” said TMP President Satoru Suzuki during the turnover ceremony held at the PPC grounds in Pasig City.
Toyota’s Start Your Impossible campaign doesn’t only empower individuals to pursue their desires in life, it also raises the public’s awareness and appreciation of the potential of people with disabilities.
“Ever since we started, having a bus or van to be used by our officials, coaches, and athletes to move around was one of the top priorities on our “wish list”. Toyota’s donation of a coaster, will help alleviate one of the most difficult challenges persons with disabilities face day-to-day which is mobility,” said PPC President Michael Baredo.
“By donating the Coaster to the PPC for the use of its athletes and officials, (TMP has extended) a big help. As Mr. Barredo said, it has been 20 years since PPC started and yet transportation has always been a challenge. For me, this is the first step,” added Dumapong-Ancheta, 2000 Paralympic bronze medalist for powerlifting.
Prior to donating a coaster to PPC, TMP chose the PPC and its Asian Para Games swimming gold medalist, Ernie Gawilan to be the primary beneficiaries of last year’s Toyota Classics – a benefit concert series that aims to support charities across Asia.
During the Philippine leg of the Toyota Classics in November 2018, the date when the campaign was introduced, the Japanese car manufacturer granted one million peso-worth of multisport wheelchairs to PPC and Ernie Gawilan.