Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day event with children in Thane!!

Hello!

Toybank with the help of some 'super' volunteer employees from Accenture BPO has organised a Valentine's Distribution event for around 300 kids at Thane!!

Event is on Saturday, 13th Feb, 2010 !

We have tied up with 2 centers of Mobile Creches at Thane for this event. There will be a short volunteer orientation at sharp 10 am at the Lodha centre.

Anyone interested in participating please email us at mail@toybank.org

Thank you,
Happy Toybanking!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Toybank features in India Today's Aspire!


Toybank featured in the Feb 2010 issue of India Today's Aspire! Shweta Chari, founder of Toybank talks about importance of play, the journey so far and Toybank's future plans!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Toybank is the 'Official toy supplier to the TATA Cancer hospital'

Toybank has now set up a toy library in TATA Memorial Hospital. Simran Halwasiya and Bela Gupta of the TATA hospital donated these toys to the toy library! 

Here are a few snapshots of the brand new toy library!


Friday, February 05, 2010

Toybank goes to Ratnagiri!

IBM's On Demand Community(ODC) in Pune has various initiatives running under it's umbrella. Help and Educate is one of them. Through this initiative IBM's employee volunteers work with Shri Vithalrao Joshi Charitable (VJC) Trust in providing health, support and education to the people of Dervan, a remote village in the interiors of Konkan region of Maharashtra.

Help and Educate kick-started the year with a toy distribution event at  VJC Trust's English Medium School in Dervan on 30th Jan. The toys collected through ODC's toy collection drive from Nov 2009 were distributed to children from Dervan.

Participating Volunteers were Abhay A Ratnaparkhi, Balamurugan Subramaniam, Dhandayudhabani and Rakeshkumar D Sahu, with  Avni Pattani taking the lead.

Here's what Avni Pattani who's also a Toybanker had to say about the event -

"IBM volunteers started from  Pune in the early morning on 30th Jan for Dervan situated in Ratnagiri District. Volunteers reached the school in Dervan around noon in the vehicle provided by trust. On reaching the school Mr.Praful Godbole welcomed the volunteers and arranged for refreshments. After a quick lunch the volunteers interacted with the high school Principal Ms. Parkar, pre-primary school Principal Ms.Shirodkar and other staff members to understand children's interests and also to explain the objective of the distribution event.

The toys collected as a part of collection drive at IBM were distributed amongst 129 children from the pre-primary school. Volunteers interacted with the kids and involved them in activities such as reciting poems/ rhymes, playing games, story-telling, drawing and dancing. One group of children from senior kg also performed a dance for the volunteers. After playing with the children for about one and a half hour volunteers distributed  toys and biscuit packets to every child. Both the children and the volunteers had a very memorable day!

We would like to thank the Shri Vithalrao Joshi Charitable Trust management for providing us an opportunity to carry out Toy Distribution at the school and prompt arrangement of transport and meals for volunteers.

We would like to thank Pune ODC and Toybank Team for all the support in wrapping toys and managing logistics .

Help & Educate also thanks each volunteer for enthusiasm and valuable time spent with the children."

Here are a few glimpses of the event: http://picasaweb.google.co.in/helpneducate .

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Slumdog Secret Millioniare - Channel 4 Video is OUT now!

Toybank was featured on Slumdog Secret Millionaire on Channel 4, UK on Sunday 17th January at 9 PM. The video is now available on Channel 4's website. Take a look!