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Honda Australia Motorcycle and Power Equipment supports the Lighthouse Foundation, which provides 32 homeless and disadvantaged youth aged 15-22 with a stable family environment, as well as constant emotional and practical support from a full-time, live-in caregiver. The program encourages young people to continue their education or vocational training while imparting to them valuable life skills. Honda Australia Motorcycle and Power Equipment holds a fundraising drive every month at company facilities to collect donations for the foundation. In addition, in November 2008, a new Lighthouse Foundation Honda Home opened in the northern region of Melbourne, thanks to the largest contribution that Honda Australia has yet made to a single charitable organization.
ince the inception of the Snowy Ride in 2001, Honda Australia Motorcycle and Power Equipment has been its main corporate sponsor, contributing over $500,000 in funds to run the event and benefit its charities. The Snowy Ride is an annual non-competitive ride through the Alpine Region of New South Wales, welcoming riders from Australia and around the world to some of the country's most picturesque roads. Since 2001, the event has raised over $1.8 million for the Children's Cancer Institute Australia and the Centre for Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders at Sydney Children's Hospital. Participants pay $60.00 to join the ride and enter the raffle of a Honda motorcycle. To earn the chance to win other, smaller prizes, riders receive stamps at any three of nine checkpoints located along the route, where communities hold their own fundraisers for local worthy causes. In addition to contributing funds and donating bikes and other prizes, Honda Australia Motorcycle and Power Equipment allows associates to take time off to participate in and volunteer for the ride.
In FY2009, Honda Australia donated $450,000 to the Honda Foundation, which in turn donated $200,000 to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund. Working in partnership with the Australian Red Cross and the Victorian and federal governments, the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund helps rebuild the lives of the many Victorians who lost everything in the devastating fires that hit the area on February 7, 2009.
With the support of Honda Australia Pty. Ltd., the Honda Foundation has donated $500,000 to support medical research intended to fight the threat of a global bird flu pandemic. This five-year funding commitment will help establish a pandemic influenza research facility in Queensland, Australia, as part of Griffith University's Institute for Glycomics. The facility will work to develop the next generation of anti-influenza drugs to treat bird flu outbreaks.
Drawing on voluntary contributions from Honda's Australia-wide network of dealers, from Honda Australia itself and from private donors, The Honda Foundation supports organizations who focus their activities on the disadvantaged, the disabled, and those suffering from long-term and lifethreatening illnesses. Since October 2002, in partnership with the Fred Hollows Foundation, The Honda Foundation has supported the Sunrise Health Service, whose Aural Health Project focuses on Aboriginal children under eight years old in the Katherine East region of the Northern Territory. Sunrise's workers test for ear disease and hearing loss, working with family members to raise awareness of aural health care issues throughout the community. As a result, more children have been able to enter school with healthy ears, significantly improving their learning and development outcomes. By supporting projects like these, Honda Australia and The Honda Foundation help nurture the current generation of Australians for a brighter and healthier tomorrow.
Honda Australia established HART in 1999 as part of its global focus on increasing road user safety for drivers, passengers, motorcycle riders and motorcycle pillion passengers. Traffic safety education provided by HART is built on a theme of 'street smart' techniques. more
Commemorating its 30th anniversary, in 2006 the Honda Foundation inaugurated the YES Award to recognize outstanding students and foster future leaders in science and technology. Recognizing students in Vietnam in its first year, the award began recognizing students in India in 2007-2008. In 2008-2009, working in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, a premier engineering institute ranked among the top 50 universities in the world, Honda Motor India Private Ltd. funded an expanded YES Award program in India. Receiving 100 applications from the Institute's students, Honda Motor India coordinated a rigorous application process, in which the students submitted academic transcripts, project reports and essays and participated in an interview. Honda's team of expert advisers then selected 10 students to receive the YES Award and US$3,000. The winners also became eligible for the YES Award Plus, which provides US$7,000 to winners participating in a six-week internship in Japan, and US$10,000 to winners pursuing an advanced degree in Japan with sponsorship from the Japanese government. The award ceremony for the second annual YES Award in India took place at the ITC Maurya hotel in New Delhi on February 11, 2009.
To support excellence in education, Honda Motor India Private Limited adopted a local technical training institute. The company is helping the institute upgrade its facilities and take on additional staff for an overall improvement in academic results.
In FY2009, Honda Siel Cars India adopted Jamalpur, a nearby village of 1,852 persons, to help the village enhance its living conditions and become self-reliant and self-sustaining. Through creating a long-term plan and obtaining the participation of all villagers, Honda not only helped one village to succeed as a “Model Village” but also established a suite of methods and programs that are replicable in any similar village. Among the programs that Honda Siel Cars India created, funded and managed were village meetings, an adolescent training program, health education, children's computer education, Honda plant visits for school children, disaster training, agricultural counseling and health camps for livestock. In 2011, Honda Siel Cars India will review the status of the project with the villagers and adjust the suite of programs to meet needs going forward.
Since 2005, in collaboration with the Lions Club and Moolchand Hospital, a leading medical facility, Honda Siel Cars India has sponsored a series of Health Checkup Camps in villages near its facilities. In addition to preventing medical problems through increased awareness and understanding of health issues, the Camps treat the illnesses of local people, who often have trouble either finding good care at home or traveling to receive it elsewhere. In FY2009, the initiative provided care to 3,821 persons in 9 villages via 17 camps, offering health seminars and medical checkups, as well as free medicines to those in need.
Every year since 2006, P.T. Honda Prospect Motor has coordinated with Jakarta Garden Affairs, an agency of the regional government, to implement My Green Jakarta. This community program in the Honda for Indonesia series seeks to improve the environment of the Indonesian capital through the power of trees and plants. From November 2008 to March 2009, in celebration of the number of cars it sold during the 2008 Indonesia International Motor Show, P.T. Honda Prospect Motor cooperated with railroad company P.T. Kereta Api in planting 1,731 trees along one side of the main railway in Southern Jakarta. P.T. Honda Prospect Motor selected this initiative to create more green space in the inner city and a more beautiful landscape along the railway. P.T. Honda Prospect Motor held a special inauguration ceremony on April 15, 2009, celebrating a Jarkarta that had become a little more beautiful and green.
The Honda Jazz University Eco Challenge introduces university students in Indonesia to Honda's environmental initiatives, giving the students an opportunity to learn about the importance of fuel economy and how to achieve it. For the six events held in 2006, more than 200 students from various universities competed using Honda Jazz vehicles (known as the Honda Fit in some regions), vying to see who could achieve the best fuel efficiency.
The government of Indonesia sponsored the Bio Premium Roadshow to encourage the use of bioethanol as an alternative fuel. Honda joined in, fielding City and Jazz vehicles. Seventy cars and motorcycles fueled by a bioethanol/gasoline mixture took part in a rally from Jakarta to Bandung and back, a total distance of 250 kilometers, helping raise awareness about bioethanol in Indonesia and encourage its broader use.
Honda contributed monetary assistance and aid to the local government for victims of the 2006 Java earthquake.
A portion of the proceeds from the Indonesian International Motor Show 2006 were donated to help fund the construction of a public park in the center of the city of Jakarta, supporting government initiatives to make Jakarta greener and cleaner.