Sunday, May 30, 2010

Slumdog Secret Millionaire Videos OUT Now!

Toybank was featured on Slumdog Secret Millionaire on Channel 4, UK on Sunday 17th January 2010.

In each episode a millionaire takes on a secret identity and immerses themselves in a deprived area.They become part of the community, working and volunteering with locals, while they consider who they would most like to help with gifts of thousands of pounds of their own fortune.

Millionaire dentist Seema Sharma left behind her British lifestyle and flew to Mumbai to volunteer with a number of organizations in the hope of finding worthy causes and individuals to support. She met inspiring people who've come up with ingenious solutions to help India's poorest citizens, including a mobile school to educate homeless children, a charity that persuades the wealthy to donate toys to underprivileged children, and a group reaching out to a community of rag pickers struggling to provide their families with basics such as water and proper sanitation.












All of us at Toybank are very overwhelmed by the response we received from each one of you in the UK. A simple 'Thank you' is all that we have with us for you. We want you to know, how much courage and confidence you have given us by showering Toybank with your love and support.

If you would like to donate your time or talent to fund raise for Toybank through 'The Sharma Foundation', click here

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with us in UK, please write an email to uk@toybank.org

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunfeast Marathon 2010 - Bangalore!


Toybankers in Bangalore had an awesome time participating in the Majja Run at "Sunfeast World 10K Run" on 23rd of May! 

Pravin Tulpule - Toybank's favorite buddy and magician who brings joy to kids at various distribution events in Mumbai joined us in Bangalore for the Majja Run. He along with a few Toybankers spread the message about Toybank at the event.

Pravin also bagged a 2nd place in the 'Kingfisher Run In Costume' contest at the event!

Catch all the fun Toybankers had at the Sunfeast marathon here and find few videos from the event.





Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Write up by Toybanker- Priya Lakshminarayan, Accenture India

My True Story

I lay on this huge shelf along with my 6 other sisters… (Famously known as the Katrina sisters) we were having a good time as we were freshly made from the factory and transferred to this big mall. One of our neighbors from the nextshelf Mr. Big Truck began telling us a dramatic story of this big bear and what a horrifying accident he had witnessed, we all were anxiously listening to his story and wanted to know what happened to the bear next, was he safe? Did he hurt himself badly? Just then like a typical Bollywood movie, a tall man wearing a hat walked in and took me off the shelf… I could hear the fading voice of Mr. Truck and the sounds on my sisters calling out to me and if I am not wrong, I think I even heard some dramatic music being played in the background like in some Prakash Mehra flick!! Thus began my journey from my home in search of another home.

This tall man, who took me with him, seemed to be a nice man. During our journey back home, he took good care of me and to top it all he was good looking too! I am sure you know how difficult it is to get this combination in a man!! Anyways we reached his home and one cute little girl came running to us. He hugged her and gave me to her… she looked at me with fondness, kissed him and walked away to her room with her prized possession… ME!!! 

I had an instant liking to this cute girl, Aisha who was 5 yrs old. She kept me along with her other pretty dolls who seemed to be very brand conscious and used to tease me very often. I didn’t like them however I was fond of Aisha so tolerated all the misery quietly. Aisha never went anywhere without me, however in some months something changed. Aisha had started ignoring me during her play time. she had found a new friend I guess. I did not have much choice but to stay put in this shelf along with some other left overs. There was a small ball in the corner that rolled by and sat next to me. I had never ever noticed him He then told me the trend of Aisha. Her interest in any new thing was for a limited time, she would move on very easily to her next favorite and leave the old ones in one corner. He told me that they all were her favorite at one time. 

Soon I made some new friends like Mr. Fat Ball, Ms. Broken Eye Puppy, etc.. and we started singing happy days are here again, but deep down my heart, I wanted a friend. One night out of total frustration and drinking too much from the tea-play set, I prayed to god asking him to change my life for the better, I knew I was not meant to be kept as a show piece. I don’t know how but someone up there was listening, because the next morning I was in the arms of the handsome man again- Aisha's father held me and looked at me for a full second and then placed me in a bag, in came my other friends like the ball, puppy, trucks, etc.. We didn’t know what was happening and I had no idea where we were headed to. Then after traveling for some time in a closed bag, it was kinda getting suffocated, but then we finally stopped moving and were placed down. We could hear a lot of noise around and we were making all sorts of guesses as to where we were.

Finally the bag opened, I was picked up and handed over to this small girl waiting in a line. Again my heart ached as I sensed that I was departing from Aisha and was going in the hands of a girl, a complete stranger who looked nothing like Aisha. But I trusted my master. The other girl took me with trembling hands and had a big smile on her face. This cheered me up instantly, as I parted from my handsome master. It felt different. The environment was different, people around looked different, however their need for love was so high that they could give Karan Johar run for his money!!

Now I am spending my old days in a home with this sweet little girl named Shanti. She is one proud owner to have me, she is not worried that my dress is dirty or my hands have become loose, she still accepts me for what I am and I too have accepted her. I am her companion everywhere. She tells me her secrets and shares her day with me. I could not have asked for a better friend! Today it has been 3 years and we are still going strong as best friends forever.

Thank you for bringing me into the life of Shanti.