'With you Japan' Program
"With you Japan" will engage in several fundraising events including speaking engagements, merchandise sales, celebrity collectible auctions, and mobile phone text donations.
Takuma will also predominantly carry the "With you Japan" program message on his KV-Lotus race car and helmet.
Through the generous support of Takuma's IZOD IndyCar Series competitors, other renowned drivers such as Dario Franchitti, Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and many others have already donated valuable autographed racing gloves to auction off to worldwide race fans.
Takuma will continue to collect autographed gloves from other race drivers and athletes from other sports, throughout the year. These gloves symbolize the hands of friendship between worldwide community and Japan. These racing gloves, along with other autographed items including helmets and race suits, will be available soon to the public through online auction.
"With you Japan" will also start to raise funds by selling very attractive children's and adult-size "With you Japan" t-shirts available in pink and blue for kids; and in white and black for adults. These were introduced at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California (April 15-17) and will also be available at the world-famous Indy500 race (May 29), and online.
Takuma Sato and Children Mending Hearts will maximize campaign efforts by working together under a collaborative theme entitled "Hands and Hearts across the Water". The theme ties in the hands that steer the IndyCar driver's race cars at great speeds, and the heart from Children Mending Hearts, and symbolizes the united front of both parties to support children affected by the catastrophe from oceans away.
Children Mending Hearts is already very involved in working with children in Haiti and the Congo and the USA. Children Mending Hearts is supported in their charitable programs by many well known Hollywood celebrities, musicians and sports stars. Children Mending Hearts will be reaching out to their special friends for their assistance to help Japanese children as well.