Books are pouring in — The Hindu-Aviva Great Wall of Education finds encouraging response from the people of Chennai. Day One of the book donation drive saw people across age groups and professions thronging Express Avenue, to donate books that could go a long way in enlightening the lives of deprived children.

If you wish to be a part of the book donation movement, head for the mall and drop off books at The Great Wall of Education before September 9. It could be any book that children relate to. You could donate other books as well; they will be recycled and converted into notebooks for the kids supported by various NGOs.

Aviva will present donors with their pictures at the Great Wall.

Message driven

A host of events were organised on Day One of the book donation drive. A story-telling session by Storytrails, India, saw enthusiastic participation from children, and drove home the message of book donation. A street-play by Evam, portrayed the story of a school topper, Arjun who hails from a poor background. The play reiterated the need for people to donate books to the needy.

Excellent cause

Krishnan who runs a software company, donated 100 books including a Shakespeare collection. “We all accumulate books over the years, and don’t know what to do with them. This is an excellent initiative to donate books that you have hoarded. I have donated an entire Shakespeare collection. It would be great if donors get to know how their books have been put to use. This will encourage more people to donate,” he said.

Anuja Iyer, Actor

Education is empowerment. And children need to get the right education too. It is sad when children cannot get or do things that they want to. That way this initiative is thoughtful. It gives underpreviliged children access to good books. It's also great that it coincides with Teacher's Day.

Benny Dayal, Singer

Education is very important and one should acquire good values from it.

Chinmayi, Singer

It's a great initiative. I wish a lot of similar events are organised.