Mangaluru, Jan 30, 2018: Veteran journalist, author and president of Bondel Laughter Club John B Monteiro launched Johnlyn Toy exchange and Book Bank at his residence ‘Johnlyn Cottage’ in Bondel on January 27, Saturday. The bank has a good collection of used and presentable toys and books.
Speaking to a gathering after launching the novel initiative, Diya Systems CEO Dr V Ravichandran said that it’s time to count our blessings and also spare a thought for the less fortunate. Stating that the gap between the rich and the poor is widening, he said that though there are billionaire businessmen, sport stars and movie stars, there are millions of diseased and starving men, women and children dying for that one morsel of grain that would keep them alive.
Laudable work : Lauding the brilliant initiative of collecting various toys and books unused by children and adults, so that they can be distributed at various institutions caring for poor children, Ravichandran appealed to the gathering to contribute generously in the form of books and toys so that the less privileged may enjoy what they can only dream of.
In fact, Dr Ravichandran offered to instal games apparatus for children on the campus of the three institutions invited for the function. Twelve children from three institutions caring for poor children were presented hampers of toys.
Speaking on the occasion, KCCI President Vathika Pai appreciated Monteiro’s initiative and urged sustained support for the altruistic venture.
Another Guest of Honour, Walter Nandalike, founder and head of the Daijiworld organisation, said that his organisation would extend full support for the toy and book exchange initiative.
The project is dedicated in memory of John Monteiro’s wife Lynette Monteiro, who was an ardent reader, who passed away recently.
Quite interestingly, it was his (John) and his wife Lynette Monteiro’s unfulfilled desire to pamper their first born Primrose with toys. “Living in a small flat in Colaba in downtown Bombay, all we could do to keep Prima engaged was walk on Colaba Causeway and visit the garden by the Gateway of India,” he said and added that “Prima had to be satisfied with looking at the toys and dolls displayed in the massive show-room windows of the high-end stores on the Causeway.”
“My inability to buy toys for my kids inspired me to open toy, book bank,” he said and added that he could launch the initiative with the help of his daugher Primrose and son Mohan.
Through Johnlyn Toy exchange and Book Bank, people may donate toys and books in good condition, which, in turn will be donated to the needy children and adults. There is also a facility to loan the books for adults, for return within a fortnight. There will be no deposit or user fee.
Interested may donate board games, art and craft toys, puzzles, drawing books and soft toys among others. For details contact 9886276608.
The Book bank will function between 9 am and 12 noon and 3 pm and 6 pm on all Sundays and public holidays.