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Pilot Story - Mariko Sato

November 14, 2023

Mariko Sato is a dedicated force within Pilot International, offering her unwavering service for an impressive 35 years. Her primary focus has been the 'Pick Me Up' program, an initiative centered on providing assistance and support to caregivers. However, her journey extends beyond participation, as she's held significant leadership positions within the organization.

One of the most notable aspects of her story is the series of 'Pilot Cars' her club, the Sendai Pilot Club, donated during their 10th, 20th, and 30th anniversaries to The Sendai Christ Educational Orphanage Home. These vehicles have been crucial in uplifting the lives of those in need. Mariko is also a passionate advocate for the 'Protecting your Brain' campaign, an integral part of the BrainMinders™ project. She takes her message to kindergartens and nursery schools, using engaging methods to educate children on the importance of brain health and safety.

A pivotal moment in her journey occurred during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, when she and fellow Pilots mobilized to provide relief items like water and essentials to affected areas. This experience left an indelible mark as one of the most memorable and positive impacts of her volunteer work. What truly sets her story apart is the inspiration she's ignited in others. Some anchor members who collaborated with her decided to pursue careers in welfare, a testament to Mariko's influence in upholding Pilot International's mission and values.

Mariko's commitment to Pilot's mission and values extends to her local community, where she actively promotes the organization's vision. She not only participates but also takes the time to explain their activities during visits to the facilities they support. This dedication has resulted in transformative outcomes, with facility directors inspired by Pilot's vision joining her club as members. Her future goals as a Pilot International volunteer reflect her fervent desire to spread the organization's philosophy to a broader audience. Mariko's work is an open invitation to inspire and engage more individuals in the cause of benevolence and support.