A Sports Carnival with #manzilbooks

This post is to inform everyone the books we’ve been collecting for Manzil are finally going to be put on sale. It’s also going to be combined with the school’s Sports Carnival, which will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at the Khalifa University, Sharjah.

Normally, these events are a bit low key, with just the parents and families involved. But this time, the Manzil Sports Day has evolved into the Sports Carnival.

Here’s the event invite; do pop by!

If not to cheer the adorable students while they compete in various sports, but to buy some books and play some games? Come on, it’ll be a fun day out. The event invite says 10am-5pm; from 10am-12pm are the sporting events and then onwards is the fun fair activities, including the booksale.

Anyone want to help them out? Read on, thanks!

Also, if anyone is interested in supporting the school, here’s how you can do it:

1. The school is selling spaces/tables for firms and/or individuals with businesses who want to showcase their wares and sell their items on that day. Participation for this closes February 2, 2012. Do spread the word.
2. They need a photographer and a videographer from 10am-1pm that day. Anyone who’s up for some pro bono work, drop me a line at contact(at)devinadivecha(dot)com.

Thanks again to everyone who supported the collection of books!

Previous posts you might want to read:
Participate in a special Sports Carnival + #manzilbooks update
The #manzilbooks update
At #manzilbooks at @wildpeeta
Donate books to help raise funds for a special needs school

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At #manzilbooks at @wildpeeta

First, have a look at the lovely timelapse video that Shruti (aka @shru_) created. Then we’ll get on to the other stuff!

Along with @TwitBookClub, I hosted a event at Wild Peeta OS at DWTC (thanks @wildpeeta!), asking people to donate their unwanted books. Manzil, a centre for challenged individuals, is a small institution doing a lot of work for people with special needs and they’re hoping to host a fundraiser soon where they will sell all the books they have collected.

We’re still collecting books for them, so please get in touch with myself (@DevinaDivecha) or Anastasia (@TDAllonsy) or email me at autism at devinadivecha dot com and we can arrange to pick up the books from you. They were initially hoping to host the event in June, but frankly, it’s mostly been our efforts through Twitter that have seen results, so they don’t have very many books yet to justify hosting an all-day fundraising event, so the date has been pushed back. So I urge you to please help with this…spread the word…that’s all I ask.

A BIG thank you to everyone who showed up (we collected 102 books that day!), and I hope you can pass this info along so the school benefits from whatever contribution people have to make.

To round it off, here’s a look at some pics from the event, where we’re mostly just having a laugh:

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Donate books to help raise funds for special needs school

Hello,

I’m blogging to appeal for book donations. Manzil, a centre for special needs children, which is based in Sharjah, is planning to host a book sale sometime in June (I don’t have exact dates yet) to raise funds for their school.

My brother has been going to their school for quite some time now, and has made tremendous leaps and strides towards being able to care for himself. Their school isn’t as large as some of the more commonly known special needs institutions out there in the UAE, which is why they’re probably more in need of funds and support. They do great work and have a lovely, qualified staff who take pride in what they do.

If anyone has any books they’d like to donate, it’s terribly easy. Autism & Us has partnered up with TwitBookClub to host this tweetup: Books for … Manzil. We’re collecting books to donate to Manzil to feature in their booksale. #ManzilBooks makes it easier for the Twitter community to gather and donate their books for a good cause. And when the booksale is being hosted in June, they’re expecting to have 10,000 books to sell, so I’ll put up another twtvite closer to time. Books and charity…it all goes rather well together!

So anyone cleaning out their bookcases, get over to the twtvite page and RSVP immediately!

Thank you.