After hearing about the impressive work of Sony Foundation Australia at regional business meetings, President and CEO Sony Corporation, Kazuo Hirai decided to venture to Australia to see first-hand the impact and magnitude of the Foundation. Sony Foundation was privileged to host Kaz and Riko Hirai on their first ever trip to Australia which included attending River4Ward 2017 and a very special visit to the Foundation’s Melbourne You Can Centre.
On the day of Sony Foundation’s signature Melbourne fundraising event, River4Ward, Kaz and Riko took time to visit Sony Foundation’s recently opened Melbourne You Can Centre. They were officially welcomed by Premier Andrews, a longstanding supporter of Sony Foundation’s work in youth cancer care and spent time talking with the patients and staff at the Centre. They were overwhelmed with the experience and the positive impact which Kaz later shared in an address to River4Ward guests saying, “ (Breakout quote) “Earlier this morning when I visited the Melbourne You Can Centre, I was overwhelmed. Seeing the modern, entertaining and welcoming space, within a clinical hospital for young people to relax in and hearing from the doctors and youth workers about how this Centre is transforming survivorship rates for young people with cancer… This Centre is a prime example of real and actual impact.”
The genuine interest in the Foundation from Kaz Hirai and his global team has garnered attention and admiration from Sony markets globally who are impressed by the collaborative efforts of Sony companies and their business partners to unite for such a special cause.