Swansea landscaping business helps YMCA re-establish Hiroshima links
A SWANSEA business has given a helping hand to a charity to take a trip to the Far East, and re-establish a link forged across the seas.
YMCA Hiroshima opened in 1938 and now four representatives from YMCA Wales — including Lyndsey Holmes, from Swansea’s branch and the charity’s national development officer — are travelling out to celebrate the milestone.
The trip has happened thanks to G Evans and C James Landscape and Building, who have sponsored the delegation and provided a gift of a Welsh Dragon.
Geraint Evans, of the company, said: "It represents a shared cultural symbol between the two nations."
Business partner, Chris James added: "In our line of work we see many young men who benefit from the work of the YMCA and this celebration gives us the opportunity to contribute to building better futures for young people."
The company donated £1,600 to the charity. Chief executive of YMCA Wales, Mo Sykes, said she was delighted to be helping the Hiroshima branch celebrate 75 years of service, and to re-establish an official link that was launched between the two branches in 1998.
Steve Kolak, of Hiroshima YMCA, said part of the aim of the trip was the have active exchanges between the two countries. He added that mystery surrounds how the partnership came about.
"I asked various people about the link between our YMCAs and in what form it came about, but haven't been able to learn anything definitive," he said.
"I came to Hiroshima YMCA about 12 years ago and during this time, there has not been any active exchange."
It’s hoped that a reverse visit from Japan to Wales will happen in the near future.
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