The towels and the shirts are collected for donation which Mr. Torikai hands to children in the Philippines.
Takeo Torikai (40), a Deaf resident in Tokushima Prefecture, has called in March, 2010, "Let's present sporting goods to poor children in Asia", and about 950 goods were gathered from about 300 people across Japan; about 500 T-shirts and about 450 towels, all the commemorative gifts from sports meets .
Takeo leaves for the Philippines on September 18 with an NGO staff member who supports the children of the poorest segment of the population in the Mindanao island in the country. They visit the mountain village in a northern part of the island, present the goods to the local children and tell them how to enjoy sports.
Takeo stays until September 22, and opens photograph exhibition on the trip after he returns home.
He has been challenging a domestic and foreign triathlon rally since 1993, seeing a lot of poor children in the foreign countries, so he thought of donating sporting goods.