Crossing Japan by hand to help families in need

Starting March 11, 2019 I (Josh Stinton) will handcycle the entire length of Japan to help raise funds and awareness for Apricot Children, helping families all across the country. Josh predicts that it will take 3 weeks if he manages to cover 140 kilometres (87 miles) a day.

Josh's 3,000 kilometre (1,864 mile) journey will start at Cape Sata in the far south, ending at Cape Soya in the far north.

What We Hope To Accomplish

APRICOT is a nonprofit project which has been created through Tokyo Counseling Services. APRICOT hopes to actualize long-term ‘advocacy and support’ for the children of Tohoku by becoming a “tank” of resources of all kinds for mental health professionals and initiatives providing assistance to the children of Tohoku and their families. In time, our goal is for APRICOT to develop and sustain itself through fundraising initiatives, social events, and voluntary donations (whether of time, skills or financially). We need all the practical help from people in many fields of expertise beyond our usual realm, to make APRICOT happen so that we as a community can contribute to providing “kokoro no keaa” resources that will help build and bring out the natural resilience of the children and their families in Tohoku.

Andrew Helping The Children of Tohoku

Make a Donation for the Children of Tohoku

As we approach the festive season, APRICOT (NPO法人) is happy to announce its first donation campaign. Between now and the end of January we aim to raise $100,000 to help in our mission to support the ongoing efforts of Japan’s mental health professionals working directly in the Tohoku Region to provide counseling relief services for children and their families still suffering as a result of the triple disasters (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown) of March 2011.

Japanese Girl Stroking a Dog