Thursday, October 27, 2016

Toybank Fiesta 2016

To celebrate the spirit of the Joy of Giving Week, Toybank held its annual fundraiser- The Toybank Fiesta 2016. The event was hosted at Abaca Indo-Italian Furniture store over the 7th and 8thof October 2016.  The two-day festival was due to the efforts and commitment of Toybank supports- volunteers, trustees, sponsors and individuals- all who firmly stand by Toybank’s cause.
Special at this year’s fundraiser was the merchandise, exclusively curated for Toybank. The live pop-up bazaar offered an interesting range of products like toy boxes and caddies, Toybank calendars and mugs, artist Devaki Singhs work printed on sling bags, jewelry boxes, posters and greeting cards, stationery products like note books, cards and gifting paper as well as planters and cookies. 
The event schedule featured live music, meaningful discussions and a brief into the world of Toybank and what we believe in. Both the days were kick started with live music performances by students from NSS Hillspring School and Aditya Birla World Academy. Trustee, VivekAsrani, and Founder, Shweta Chari, delivered the keynote on both days, emphasizing the reason Toybank exists and our journey to achieve our goal.




The panel discussion on the
first day delved into the seriousness of play and its importance in childhood. Each one of our panelists provided wonderful insights and shared their personal experiences on the power of play. Panelists VirenRasquinha, Nalini Pinto, PreetiJhangiani, Harish Iyer and Moderator Gopika Kapoor, kept the audience engaged and brought out a special energy at the event. Neeraj Arya’s Kabir CafĂ© ended the night on a great note with their performance of Indian Poet, Kabirs, verses. Each of their selected songs resonated with Toybanks work and reflected the values our organization stands by.
The Toybank coffee table book, featuring select prize-winning pictures, was launched on the second day. Actor and Director, ParvinDabas, launched the book and spoke about his association with Toybank. The winners of ‘Click for Toybank’, our annual photography contest, were acknowledged and given prizes for their wonderful images based on the theme ‘children at play’. Luke Kenny and Band rocked the rest of the evening and saw a special performance by Actress and Model, Sarah-Jane Dias.

This event would not have been possible without the meticulous planning and support gained from Toybankers; whose efforts culminated into the success of the fundraiser. Going forward, we are positive that the support garnered will only keep us encouraged to do more. Driven by a mission and vision - to create a world where all children are empowered through healthy play- we will continue to build strong children through games, toys and play.