CO・OP Core-non-Smile School Project The -12th Donation Presentation Ceremony held-


JCCU has been implementing the CO・OP Core-non-Smile School Project since November 1, 2010. Under this project, one yen from the sale of every pack of "Core-non-Roll" and "One-touch Core-non Roll" is donated to UNICEF to support its "Child-Friendly Schools" (CFSs) initiative in the Republic of Angola in Africa.

During the 12th phase of this project (November 1, 2021, to October 31, 2022), co-ops nationwide called on their members to purchase the products in their home delivery catalogs and, in their stores, resulting in a total of about 10.68 million packs of "Core-non-Roll" and "One-touch Core-non Roll" being sold.
Example of target product (CO・OP Soft Core-non-Roll Single)

On December 22, 2022, the 12th donation presentation ceremony was held. Representatives from seven Core-non-Roll manufacturing companies, who have supported this project, participated in the ceremony. Mr. HAYAMI Ken, Executive Director of Japan Committee for UNICEF, was presented with an inventory of approximately 10.68 million yen raised during the past year.

At the opening ceremony, SHIMADA Hiroyuki Managing Director/(CEO) of JCCU said, "This is the 12th term since we started this project. Donations during this period are about to reach a cumulative total of 140 million yen, and we have been able to continue our support for the installation of water facilities in elementary schools in Angola and the enhancement of education. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 disaster, we were unable to conduct a study tour to confirm the results of the Angola-designated donation, but the new world of online has become the norm, and UNICEF study groups now have instructors participating from abroad. It is possible that in the future people from Angola will eventually participate in this presentation ceremony. We hope that the children who have studied in schools in Angola through this support will one day become the leaders of their country."

On behalf of the participating suppliers, Mr. KOBAYASHI Masashi, President of CORELEX Co., Ltd., gave a message stating "The paper industry continues to face difficult challenges, such as shortages of raw materials and rising energy costs, but we would like to continue our support for Angola, which suffered from a war that only ended 20 years ago. Also, next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the launch of Core-non. We will continue to do our best in the years to come."

Mr. HAYAMI Ken, Executive Director of Japan Committee for UNICEF, expressed his gratitude for the generous support for children in Angola during the 12th term by saying, "Schools in Angola were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in April 2021, classes for all grades were switched to face-to-face instruction. Since many schools fell behind during this period, training was provided for teachers and principals on teaching methods to catch up, and reports have been received that the number of students who can read and write has increased. On the other hand, one in four children in Angola is not able to attend school, and there are still many problems that need to be solved. We would like to ask for your continued support and cooperation in the years ahead."

The participants in the presentation ceremony

tags: children, Core-non, donation, project