RWH in the Media

July 23, 2015

MOL Receives Letter of Appreciation for Transporting Relief Supplies to the Philippines
– Implementing Social Contribution Program Unique to MOL, Drawing upon its Global Network –

TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President & CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced that it has received a letter of appreciation from the non-profit organization Rotary World Help (*) (RWH; representative: Bonnie Sutherland; Headquarters: Vancouver, Canada) for providing ocean transport of relief supplies donated by RWH. MOL received the letter at a July 19 ceremony to commemorate the donation, hosted by the Manila-based volunteer group Fire Brigade & Communications, Inc. (Representative: Rolly So), which received firefighting equipments essential to the relief effort.

RWH supports developing countries through transport of medical equipments, firefighting equipments and other critical supplies, and MOL provides ocean transport of the donated items. The letter expresses the group’s appreciation for MOL’s efforts to make sure RWH-donated relief supplies including firefighting equipments reached the Philippines. A containership with a load of firefighting equipments departed Port Metro Vancouver on May 30 and arrived in the Port of Manila on June 23.

MOL takes a proactive stance in social contribution activities that are unique to an ocean transport company with a global network.

At the ceremony commemorating the donation.
Some of the donated firefighting equipment.




(*) Rotary World Help
RWH is a non-profit organization operated by Rotary Clubs in the U.S. and Canada that supports developing countries. It was founded in 1992, and has arranged for the transport of 322 TEUs of relief supplies to 58 countries (as of April 2015).

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William Richwa Obituary – Vancouver, BC | The Vancouver Sun


logoRICHWA _ William. Born on November 8th, 1930 and died peacefully on December 23rd, 2005 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill is survived by Gerry his devoted and loving wife of 56 years, his daughters and sons-in-law Leslie (Michael), Barb (Peter), Judy (David), Pat (Steve), and his grandchildren Jennifer, Sarah, Lauren, Cameron, Alexandra, Mackenzie, Madison, Aron, Paige, Briar, Michael, Laurence and Elizabeth. Bill leaves a legacy of love, devotion, strength and honor to his family. Bill was born in Saskatoon, Sask. to Peter and Tatianna Rychwa, completing his formal education at Saskatoon School of Business. He began his career with Intercontinental Packers, transferring to Vancouver and continuing his work with the company until 1969. Bill was involved in a number of business ventures, eventually becoming the owner of Windsor Meats in West Vancouver in 1972. He was engaged in numerous community organizations, including the Associated Canadian Travelers and as President of the Junior Big 4 Football Association. Retiring in 1988, Bill became extensively involved in the Rotary Club of Vancouver, serving as Secretary in 1997. Under Bill’s leadership as founding president of the Rotary World Help Network, needy countries have been provided with donated medical equipment, educational supp-lies and other materials. In 1996, the Rotary Club of Vancouver awarded Bill the “Paul Harris Fellowship” in recognition of exceptional humanitarian service. In 1999, he was again honored with the “Service Above Self Award” by Rotary International, its highest award for an individual. The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the staff and nurses of the 7th Floor East and Palliative Care at Lions Gate Hospital, and to Bill’s dedicated, long-time family physician Dr. Leon Bard. A memorial service will be held on January 17th, 2006 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew’s – Wesley Church, 1022 Nelson Avenue (at Burrard) , with church reception to follow. Bill has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Rotary World Help Network, care of Rotary Club of Vancouver, #315-475 Howe Street, Vancouver, V63 2B3.
Published in Vancouver Sun on Jan. 13, 2006

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