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Josh Stinton

Charity adventurer crossing Japan by hand to help APRICOT CHILDREN and local families in need


Starting on March 11, Josh Stinton will start the long and difficult challenge of using only his arms to cross the entire length of Japan, starting in the far south and handcycling up to Cape Soya in the far north.

Stinton has never been to Japan before, nor has he ever handcycled. The reason he is taking this challenge on is to share the inspiring stories of resilience shown by the Japanese people during the country’s many natural disasters. Understanding that there are still many families in need of relief from the trauma brought on from various natural disasters, he is also raising awareness for a small Japanese-based charity called "APRICOT CHILDREN". His hope is to share the beautiful stories of the strength of Japan, and also bring aid to families who need it.

This is the fourth challenge Stinton has taken on around the world, all with a desire to help a new small charity tell their story with each challenge. This is certainly going to be the hardest challenge yet and he asks that people follow the journey as he crosses the country (social media links below), and also reach out with stories of strength that they would like to see shared.

100% of all funds raised go directly to the Apricot to help the Japanese families in need.




Even though much of the visible debris from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident of March 2011 has been cleared away, there are still tender wounds remaining in the hearts and minds of many children and their families in Japan’s Tohoku region. Whole family units, neighborhoods and entire communities were devastated by the event. This forced hundreds of thousands of children, mothers and their families to live in temporary housing units. Among these are the more than 71,000 children and mothers who have been evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture’s eastern districts. They have been scattered throughout Japan, many living separated from their fathers, grandparents and friends. In such unstable, impermanent and stressful circumstances children can be especially susceptible to intense anxiety, depression and in time PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome), the symptoms of which can take many years to manifest. Recent government surveys suggest 1 in 3 children in Tohoku are already suffering from mental health issues.

About Josh Stinton

Josh is a Charity Adventurer, taking on some of the hardest physical challenges around the world to raise funds and awareness for small charities. Having left his role in a "Big 4" consulting firm three years ago, he has redesigned his life dedicating his time and energy to these adventures with purpose. He now produces short form documentaries distributed across large media platforms to help charities tell their stories. 100% of all funds raised always goes directly to the charities supported.

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If he want to help then help. Why handcycling?

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Because it's also about raising awareness - informing the public and media that these people have problems which are not being properly taken care of by, for example, their own governments or others with the authority and funds to do so. Instead, the care is being left to grassroots groups and small charities like, here, Small Apricots.

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tsk - or even Apricot Children. I stand self-corrected.

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when i read the title i though by walking on his hands! Dow

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Thanks everyone for your sympathetic almost 'unamimous' support (:

Maria, I couldn't agree with you more. That's what it is about ~ raising awareness of these still traumatic environments that so many thousands of children have to grow up in, with all the stress that entails post disasters. For more information please check out and support these sites:

Josh Stinton's website:

The 100% voluntary contributors APRICOT NPO team


Josh has been working out and training as well as completing the logistics involved in this challenge tour of Japan since March of 2018. He has almost completed his preparation for this challenge he has set himself. He and his support team will be arriving in Japan in early March this year in readiness for the start of his tour through Japan on the 11th, March, the 8 year anniversary of the 'Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of 2011'

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