Morgan McKinley in the 2018 FIT for Charity Run

Yoshiki Kumazawa December 17, 20185 mins read

The 14th annual FIT for Charity Run (Financial Industry in Tokyo For Charity Run) was held on Sunday, December 9th.

It was held at Tokyo’s Kaigakan Art Gallery at the Meiji Jingu Gaien area.  
The course is the part of National Stadium which will be the main venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

It was cool sunny day, the perfect weather for a 10K Charity Run.
Over 5,700 runners from 105 financial service related firms came together to raise a total of JPY 57,524,500 (approximately Euro 510,000/USD 507,000).

A squad of Nine (questionably) Elite Athletes from Morgan McKinley Tokyo participated in  this years run. The best of which completed the race in just under 42 mins. 

How to participate the FIT for Charity Run?

  • Those working in financial services related firms and their family and friends.
  • Participation requires a firm to register and to manage applications from its employees. 
  • Participation fee is JPY5,000 (approximately Euro 44) which include FIT T-shirt.   
  • Free for those under 16 (You can participate in your buggy) 
  • Blind Runners and those with wheelchairs can participate in the event. 

The Financial Industry in Tokyo (FIT) for Charity Run was started in 2005 by a group of finance and financial-related companies in Tokyo that were prompted to do something meaningful for the community following the devastating 2004 Sumatra earthquake and tsunami. Funds raised from the run are distributed to local community organizations, which serve important but not necessarily well-recognized or understood needs. 

How does FIT select charity organizations?

  • FIT supports local charity organizations in the Kanto area (greater Tokyo area).
  • FIT prefers to support a wide range of causes
  • FIT will solicit nominations from its member companies for charities 

In 2018, eight beneficiary organizations were selected. 
General Incorporated Association AOH
AOH runs a chocolate factory to provide a place of work and sufficient pay for people with disabilities to live on their own.
NPO Bilingual Bicultural Education Center for Deaf Children
BBED supports deal children to receive education in Japanese Sign Language and Japanese language (reading and writing)
NPO five years
NPO five operates the online community website for cancer patients.
NPO Gokigen Farm
Gokigen Farm runs vegetables, rice, and poultry businesses and employs about 100 people with disabilities. 

NPO Japan Amputee Football Association
The Association promotes amputee football. Through the activities, they aim to improve an environment in which everyone with and without disabilities can enjoy sports together. 
NPO First Aid Society
NPO First Aid Society promotes emergency first response care for children and child accident prevention.  
NPO KIZUKI supports students who stopped attending school and students who are at risk dropping out of schools. 
NPO Mental Rescue Association
NPO Mental Rescue Association promotes suicide prevention counselling. 

Morgan McKinley believes FIT philosophy.

The Charity Run is intended to be a powerful expression of the financial industry’s collective commitment to making a positive contribution to the community, to foster teamwork within firms (us included) and to build relationships across the industry. 
We have participated in the run every year since 2013.
It has become an annual tradition to be the part of this great CSR event.
FIT for Charity Run is one of our commitments for CSR initiatives. Our purpose is to improve the lives of the people we work with. We believe we have the opportunity to improve the careers and companies of the people we work with (our clients, our candidates and ourselves).
And we try to go further than anyone else to help.
This year, Morgan McKinley was awarded CSR Recruitment Company of the Year by Recruitment International. The RI Awards is the world's biggest recruitment industry awards contested all over the world including the UK, China, the Middle East, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan.

In 2014, we launched Morgan McKinley Million CSR program where we, as a global company, pledge to donate the value of €1,000,000 to communities globally by 2019.
Here in Morgan McKinley we all made pledges to do more, pledges to give back something to society by helping others in our communities and countries. Each office worldwide has a CSR committee. Tokyo office has been highly active in its own corporate social responsibility
Here are some of our CSR activities carried out so far in 2018.

  • Onigiri (Japanese Rice Cake) making: We volunteered to prepare food for Homeless people in Tokyo
  • International Career Day: to host visiting Dutch University Students
  • Valentine Day Bake Sales: We contributed to Refugees International   
  • International Women’s Day fund raising:  We contributed to YWCA's Women's Leadership program 
  • Interview work for students: We worked with 14 -15-year-old students in helping them with their interviewing schools.
  • Team Up to Clean Up: We cleaned up the space around our Kamiyacho Office of trash and debris.
  • Pub Quiz Night: We contributed to Mirai no Mori (for disadvantaged children in Japan)  
  • Spartan Race: The world’s most challenging obstacle race united with fundraising partner Everydayhero to benefit 40 official charity partners.
  • World Cup Charity Sweep Stake: We contributed to Red Cross
  • Hatsune Cup Endurance Race: We contributed to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is a children’s hospital in the UK.
  • Movember: We grew our moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues.
  • Recruiters Cup:  One Day Charity Futsal Tournament to support NPO TRACOS. TRACOS runs soccer schools and holds sport events for children with learning disabilities / difficulties. 
  • And the last, but not the least we participated in 2018 FIT for Charity Run.


We are very sure Morgan McKinley Tokyo will be the part of 2019 FIT for Charity Run. Hope to see you at the next run!


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Senior Manager | Financial Services Front Office Recruitment