If you are motivated by getting fit & giving back, we have virtual and in-person events for all ages and ability levels!
YouMeWe educates care home children, giving them employable skills for adult life. They offer support programs to allow a child to become a productive and independent young adult in their community.
They develop language skills, financial literacy, and programming and coding ability. Help is also given with career counselling and higher education options as well as post-care support. Attained skills, improved communication, and a career path understanding give the kids confidence and a dream of a brighter future. The kids also give back themselves by educating the elderly in their communities in the use of modern day devices. A complete cycle of giving back!
Since 2013, KIWL has raised over ¥87.7 million (approx US$797,000) to help disadvantaged children.
KIWL has been fundraising for over 8 years.
To date, we have had 84 corporate sponsors support our cause.
Our participants represent 20 nationalities.
Collectively our events have had over 1,000 participants.
I support KIWL because it is for a good cause, and helps to direct a lot of focus on the chosen charity in a way that provides real structural support and change that impacts people’s lives. I have completed the annual 500km ride several times as a rider too, and have now contributed as a corporate sponsor. Japan has been very good for me, so this is one opportunity to give back in a meaningful way.
Knights in White Lycra consistently get out every year and help worthy causes. Anybody that gives their time to help children as they do with YouMeWe deserves our support. We are very proud of our guys that participate and to be a part of the effort. A really positive contribution! Thank you.
We’re very happy that the KIWL continue their efforts to support children in need and that we got invited to support them again this year,” says Tony Moore, Co-Founder of BMES. “As a talent solutions firm we’re of course very happy to see that the money goes into the education of future IT and leadership talent – we need more expert candidates!
We are living in an ever-changing, increasingly data-driven world, and as a market research firm that covers the gap between people and technology - these skills will be required from a future society and workforce. We recognize the long-term importance of providing opportunities for children to learn creative thinking, problem-solving, and technology-oriented skills from an early age. Supporting KIWL’s efforts for YouMeWe and the work they do for group homes and children across Japan was an easy decision.
One of the events besides cycling that I enjoyed most since joining KIWL is the annual Futsal tournament. It was great knowing donations raised are making a difference for kids with cerebral palsy who want to play football! The rules were simple, every team needs to have at least 1 female player and at least 1 player with CP. The whole tournament was organized beautifully. Everyone played following the “10 rules of chivalry”, as we know KIWL knights always do! The competition was fierce but we were lucky enough to emerge winners.
Joining KIWL has been a life-changing experience. I've made lifelong friends and seen Japan from a totally new perspective, all while helping out an amazing charity. You don't need to be a professional cyclist (or have even ridden a bike, in my case!) to join this amazing community. If you have the desire to get fit and give back, KIWL is the group for you.
As far as charity golf days are concerned the KIWL event was up there with the best! A beautiful autumn Friday, fantastic course, lovely company (who tolerated my awful golfing display!), and some simply fantastic prizes for all! Despite my unacceptable score, I had a superb day with golfers of all abilities and above all, the funds raised will be a great benefit to the kids in care we supported. Massive thank you to KIWL golf day organizer, Billy Ramsay, cannot wait for the next one!
I have participated in the Go Go Run since 2019. I got to know this charity through an amazing friend of mine, and founder Roger. He is a genuine caring person and so is the event. The event is welcoming, heartwarming, fun, and real. Highlight of the event is meeting and greeting at the children’s home (before COVID) where you can have fun with the kids. Do what you love (this time running/walking) and can help others at the same time are such an amazing thing no matter how big or small.