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Published Date: 04/12/2014

Over 50 Surrey Scouts and Explorers were treated to a thrilling activity day hosted by Toyota GB at is headquarters near Epsom last Saturday.

The Surrey Scouts

The event was organised in preparation for their trip to Japan for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree next year and helped them boost their personal fund-raising for the trip.

Toyota GB was more than happy to support the Scouts with donations totalling more than £19,000 – each of the boys and girls who took part were given £200 towards the trip for their help in clearing a section of overgrown woodland in the grounds of the office complex.

Along with the £200 for each scout; another £8,000 was handed over to boost the Surrey County Jamboree Fund – helping the organisation to meet vital equipment costs.

As part of the day’s activities, the youngsters enjoyed a presentation from Toyota GB’s Executive Director, Masa Nohara who explained some of the cultural differences they will be presented with in Japan.

Nohara’s words were designed to help the scout’s to prepare for staying with host families in Japan as part of their jamboree experience.

Toyota GB’s director in charge of corporate social responsibility, Rob Giles, delivered an engaging presentation that give the guests some information about Toyota, its history and position as one of the world’s biggest global manufacturing firms.

“At Toyota, supporting and contributing to the local communities where we live and work has always been at the heart of our operations and we have helped a number of Scout groups in the area through the Toyota Fund for a Better Tomorrow”, said Giles.

Adding, “However, the occasion of the World Scout Jamboree has allowed us to make a bigger contribution for Scouts across the whole of Surrey”.

Leader of the UK Scout Association’s contingent to the World Scout Jamboree, Bryan Chatbourn said, “The World Scout Jamboree in Japan is an incredible experience that will change the lives of all the 30,000 young people who attend.

Adding, “Not only is it an adventure, but meeting and working with young people from almost every nation on earth helps foster intercultural learning and tolerance which is badly needed in today’s world. Toyota’s support in helping young people from across the globe build more peaceful and tolerant communities is greatly appreciated.”

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