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By Agnes M. Abrau

KOROR (Palau Horizon, April 10) - The Marine Work Noni Foundation of Japan has donated US$41,000 to Palau with Ngaremlengui state, Belau National Hospital and Belau Modekngei School as the recipients.

Michinori Shimizu, president of the foundation, said the donation is part of the proceeds from the sales of ‘noni’ juice in Japan.

Minister of Health Victor Yano received a check in the amount of US$11,000 on behalf of Belau National Hospital.

Belau Modekngei School principal Bedbii Chiokai and other school officials accepted a US$10,000 check.

Ngaremlengui Govenor John Skebong, who was earlier given a US$20,000 donation by the foundation, also attended the ceremony.

The Palau Organic Farm, which has a vast plantation of noni, is in Ngaremlengui.

The recipients of the donations expressed their gratitude to Shimizu and the foundation members.

A 40-member delegation from Japan, who represents the top distributors of noni juice from Palau, also witnessed the ceremony.

Shimizu said the Palau trip is an incentive for their top distributors.

"The noni juice from Palau is a very good product. We’ve decided to donate some money derived from the sales," Shimizu told Horizon.

President Tommy Remengesau and Senator Alan Seid conveyed to the Japanese sales teams their gratitude for the foundation’s contribution to good causes.

"We’re happy to welcome the distribution and sales team who help promote Palau noni in Japan," Remengesau said during a dinner reception held at the poolside of Palau Pacific Resort.

He told the Japanese delegation that the people of Palau support the production of noni and know the nutritional value of the product.

Belau Modekngei School’s Chiokai said the contribution will help fund their needs.

She said the school has also planted noni in their farm.

Yano said the donation will be used to buy medical equipment.

He added that last year’s donation from the foundation was used to buy transportation and window blinders to reduce the hospital’s energy bills.

Shimizu told local officials that they will be back next year with a 100-member delegation.

IMPAC Tours general manager Isaya Sugawara and his wife, Yumiko, arranged the trip of the foundation.

April 11, 2006

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