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Chocolate Donation 2016 “Life Flowers Part 2 - Chocolate for Peace”


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Did you know that during winter each year there is a donation campaign where, in recognition of their kindness, those who donate receive a small amount of chocolate that can fit into the palm of their hand, that is delivered in a can which is decorated with pictures painted by Iraqi children? For each donation of ¥2,000, those who donate shall receive one set of chocolates (containing 4 cans) as a present. The campaign is run by the Japan Iraq Medical Network (JIM-NET), an NGO that gives medical assistance to help treat Iraqi children who, due to the effects of war, are battling pediatric cancer and leukimia. Held since 2006, the Chocolate Donation is a very popular campaign in that many kind people also utilize it for their Christmas and Valentine’s Day presents.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Life Flowers Part 2 - Chocolate for Peace.” On the cans that contain heart-shaped chocolates produced by the famous confectioner Rokkatei, there are beautiful pictures of flowers such as poinsettias and narcissuses. Using real flowers, these depictions were actually painted by four young Iraqi girls who are battling cancer.

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The funds collected through the Chocolate Donation will be used to support pediatric cancer treatment in Iraq, refugees both in Syria and Iraq, and in activities to help protect children in Fukushima Prefecture from the effects of radiation. Wouldn’t you also like to use chocolate to express your kindness for these children who have not given up hope despite being confronted by very difficult circumstances? It is planned that this year’s Chocalate Donation will run from Tuesday, December 1, 2015; through the Valentine’s Day season of 2016.

*For further details, please refer to the following website.
■JIM-NET Chocolate Donation 2016
http://jim-net.org/choco/ (in Japanese only)