Tuesday, June 22, 2010

It's time for 'soft' cup cakes and 'yummy' toys !

Toybank UK kick-started it's operations in May 2010 with a fantastic event at a school in London.

Here's what Roshan Bharwani, a Toybanker who's part of our committee in UK had to say about the event:

"At recess time in school, bring a toy from your room in return for a sumptuous home-baked Cup Cake!

Nada Wynn from the PTA committee at Queen's Gate Junior School in London approached Toybank with this simple idea and we were all for it! The events started off with a few Queen's Gate students making colorful "Toybank - Cup Cake Sale" Posters to be put up in the school.

A few weeks later, Toybank's School Presentation was shown to all the children. This presentation is a lot of fun, but has serious bits and many learnings too, it tells the kids where their toys are going and how a toy donation can put a bright smile on another child's face! 

One day before the event, I visited Nada's place and was excited to see so many colorful cup cakes all ready for the sale. The event on 7th May was a huge success, all in all 327 toys were collected. In addition to a cup cake, each child that brought along a toy was also given a Toybank badge that aptly said 'I'm a Toybanker'. 

Later Nada's team of 5 parents and 5 children gift wrapped and packed the toys in boxes. The parents of the children participating at the event, contributed towards transportation and logistics costs, so that all the lovely toys could make their journey from London to Mumbai. 

All members of the newly formed Toybank UK Committee - Shruthi, Ayushi, Nilam, Praful, Sabrina and Roshan were thrilled with the success and look forward to other such events in the UK! Toybank sincerely thanks all the Children, Teachers, Parents at Queen's Gate Junior School and Nada Wynn in particular for this wonderful event!

Toybank also thanks Ivan Rodrigues from DTDC Couriers who provided a prompt service!" 

Here's what Nada Wynn - a parent and organizer of the event, had to say:

"The girls of the Queen's Gate Junior School held a "Cupcake for Toybank" exchange on the 7th of May 2010. The event was a huge success for all the girls who participated. All they had to do was bring in a toy in good condition from their own room to exchange with a delicious cupcake. The girls enjoyed this day and felt very proud to be working along side of Toybank. All the 327 toys where sent on to Toybank in India. We the Committee of 5 parents and 5 girls would like to thank Roshan Bharwani from Toybank London for all her help and support in allowing  Queen's Gate School to hold this event in aid of this incredibly important charity."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Toybank opens its doors in UK!

Dear Toybank Buddy,

We hope you are well and hope you remember the interest you showed in Toybank and its work in the past few months. We sincerely thank you for your support and would like to inform you about the progress we have made so far in the UK and how you could be a part of it all.

Following the Channel 4 show Slumdog Secret Millionaire early this year, Shweta has been inundated by requests on how to support our cause. So we launched a Toybank UK Committee to look after our work here and we've already begun with a few fantastic events!

Our Toybank UK Mission is three fold:

  • - Fund-raising for Toybank's work, raising awareness about the Toybank's mission and activities.
  • - To achieve this, the UK Team is looking for Volunteers, Donors, Corporate Support and a lot of Support from You!
  • - Partnering with UK Children's charities.
So whether you are a parent looking at conducting an event at your child's school,a corporate employee planning to do something different at work, or just want to give your time and volunteer, drop us a line at uk@toybank.org and we will get in touch with you with lots of information about Toybank and many ideas.

Best Regards,
Toybank UK Team.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Walt Disney partners with Toybank - 'Donate a toy, Spread some joy'!

Walt Disney's 'Toy Story 3' will hit the theaters all over the world this week and Walt Disney India has partnered with Toybank and launched a 'Donate a toy, Spread some joy' campaign all over India.

At Movie Star, Goregaon, Mumbai

At Mulund, Mumbai

At Inox

So next time you go to catch a movie at one of these theaters or go out shopping, remember to carry those unused toys lying in your wardrobes, closets and drop them in the donation boxes!

We will make sure the donated toys reach those tiny hands!

The 'Toy Story 3' characters are visiting India for the first time in the coming week. Make sure you catch them! 

Toy Story fans can meet Woody, Buzz Light-year and Jessie in:
  • Delhi on June 19 at DLF Promenade Mall between 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Delhi on June 20 at DLF Saket 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Mumbai on June 25 at Inorbit Mall 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bangalore on June 27 at Forum Value Mall from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Toybank Delhi joins hands with MPS for a toy drive!

Toybank begins a new journey with a new chapter in India. After reaching out to thousands of children in and around Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune, Toybank has now reached Delhi!

Toybank Delhi kick-started it's activities with a toy collection drive in MPS - A Macmillan Company based in Gurgoan. MPS organized a week long drive in the organization and managed to collect and wrap around 100 toys!

Toybank Delhi thanks all the employee volunteers and toy donors from MPS for their time and generous toy donations!