Japanese philanthropist Taroo Enomoto has donated 445,000 yen (about C$4,755) to the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK). Enomoto, who is from Itabashi, Japan, has donated more than C$30,000 to Burlington over the past 27 years, including donating rhododendrons to Paletta Lakefront Mansion. His generosity towards Burlington began in 1989 with the twinning of Burlington and Itabashi, Japan. The bond has been strengthened through the city’s Mundialization Committee and multiple exchanges.

“One in five young people is battling a mental health issue. They deserve access to mental health services and supports that respond quickly and comprehensively to their needs, as close to home as possible,” said Joanna Matthews, vice-president of strategic development for ROCK. “As a lead agency for child and youth mental health in our community, ROCK will use this generous donation to ensure immediate access to children and youth in need through our Burlington walk-in counselling clinic. We are grateful to Burlington’s Mundialization Committee and to Mr. Enomoto for this support.”

“Enomoto typically donates 100,000 yen to a child/youth non-profit in Burlington. However, because he is turning 89 this year, he increased his donation to 445,000 yen—half his age.

The twinning agreement between Burlington and Itabashi was signed at Burlington City Hall by former Mayors Roly Bird and Keizo Kurihura on May 12, 1989. The relationship has developed since that time through regular citizen visits, official delegations and memorable anniversary celebrations.

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