We are pleased that the “Atom Card,” a partnership project between Cedyna Financial Corporation (the name was changed from OMC Card on April 1, 2009 by the merger) and Tezuka Productions, is now in its sixth year.
It has been decided to make donations to two organizations, National Council of Homes for Children and Ashinaga, amounting to about 3,640,000 yen in total.
Thanks to all card users, in 2008 the accumulated contributions of the “Atom Card” crossed the 20 million yen mark.
Use of the “Atom Card” on a day-to-day basis contributes to our project to realize children’s dreams. We would appreciate the cardholders continuing support for the “Atom Card.”
Our representative visited the organizations to present the donations as described in the following reports:
1. National Council of Homes for Children: http://www.zenyokyo.gr.jp/
We have given an Atom doll as a commemorative gift every year since 2004, so now there are five dolls (picture on the right).
The accumulated contribution to National Council of Homes for Children crossed the 11 million yen mark and has been used as “The Atom Fund” to support those children who leave a children’s institution and become self-reliant. In addition, from 2009, a subsidy program will start to remove the financial burden from children who advance to the second year of a college, junior college, or vocational school after leaving a children’s institution.
2. Ashinaga: http://www.ashinaga.org/e/
In recognition of the economic situation in recent years, the contribution will be used for students whose schoolwork is affected by financial difficulties.
The “Atom Card” was launched in April 2003 in partnership with Cedyna Financial Corporation to commemorate the birth of Atom (Astro Boy).
Tezuka Osamu’s spirit, hoping children to realize their dreams and helping children to create the future, was behind this “Atom Card.” It is a social contribution type credit card and 0.3% of the amount paid using the card is donated. Every year, the “Atom Card Committee,” which consists of representatives from Tezuka Productions and Cedyna, selects organizations which are consistent with the principles of the “Atom Card” to receive donations. Detailed information about the “Atom Card” is available here (taking you to the Cedyna website).