Coca-Cola Co.’s Japan Reconstruction Fund on Oct. 18 dedicated one new bus for each of five high schools in the region affected by the tsunami and earthquake that devastated the country last March.
The buses were donated to three vocational schools and two support schools for children with disabilities at a total cost of about 100 million yen, or about $1.2 million.
Coca-Cola hosted a design contest themed around recovery to encourage local students to be active in revitalizing their community in the Iwate prefecture. Winners from three different schools were chosen to have their designs wrapped around the buses.
The fund was set up on March 24, 2011, nearly two weeks after the March 11 disaster. Total support from the fund has exceeded 2.5 billion yen ($31.5 million), including 7 million bottled beverages.
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