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Toyota donates coaster to Paralympics group

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Filipino Paralympics athletes who will benefit from the Toyota Coaster donation pose with officers of Toyota Motor Philippines and the Philippine Paralympic Committee.

TOYOTA Motor Philippines (TMP) said it recently turned over a Toyota Coaster to the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) to support Filipino Paralympics athletes. The donation was made under Toyota Motor Corporation’s global initiative, called “Start Your Impossible,” which aims to provide opportunities to Paralympics athletes.

“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 facilities in Pasig City.

TMP said the Start Your Impossible initiative is also “a cause being championed by PPC president Michael I. Barredo.

“Ever since we started, having a bus or van to be used by our officials, coaches and athletes to move around in was one of the top priorities on our ‘wish list.’ Toyota’s donation. . . will help alleviate one of the most difficult challenges persons with disabilities face day-to-day, which is mobility,” Mr. Barredo said.

The Coaster is a minibus that seats 29 passengers.

TMP said the donation is just one of its efforts under the Start Your Impossible program. It noted that, last year, the company chose the PPC and its Asian Para Games swimming gold medalist Ernie Gawilan to be the primary beneficiaries of the 2018 Toyota Classics — a benefit concert series that supports charities across Asia.