Here's Where You Can Donate Your Old Children's Book For A Good Cause

Friends of Mankind is building libraries for underprivileged children and you can help

  • Wednesday, 7 August 2019
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Here's Where You Can Donate Your Old Children's Book For A Good Cause

If you're an avid reader, you probably had the same struggle as us: a lack of space to put all your books, read or unread. 

This is especially true if you refuse to embrace technology (we totally get it 'cos physical books are clearly superior) and hate to part with your favourite ones.
Oops... I bought a book again!
But the pain is less when you know you're giving them away for a good cause. 

The Book Effect, a project under non-governmental organisation Friends To Mankind, aims to collect 10,000 books to build libraries for underprivileged children in the Klang Valley, and they need your help to make their plans come true. 

The project was launched on Monday (5 August) by YAM Tunku Zain Al-Abidin ibni Tuanku Muhriz, who also expressed his support. 

The Book Effect project lead Apshy Vimal and YAM Tunku Zain Al-Abidin Muhriz at the launch
"I understand that in this age of social media, it is that much more difficult to get young people to read. That's why I'm so happy that Friends To Mankind has organised and initiated this project," he said. 

Friends To Mankind has already built two libraries at orphanages in Kota Damansara and Rawang, but they are looking to build at least one every month next year. 

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Its youth ambassador and project lead, Apshy Vimal, said that when her team started the project, they did not know exactly what it'll grow into.

"We had an idea, a pretty simple one - we wanted to raise books and build some libraries. Maybe encourage some people to read along the way.

One of the first libraries The Book Effect built
"But through the last months of meetings and plannings and visiting homes, refugee schools, drug rehab centres, we have come to realise that it's so much more than collecting books and putting them on shelves. 

"We're here to share the joy and spread love, through books," she said. 

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The good news is, the organisation has already achieved half its target even before the launch and is already planning the next phase.

So, if you have books to give away, preferably child-friendly ones, you can drop it off at the addresses in the image below: 

Drop your books here
Soon, you'll also be able to drop them off at selected Starbucks and GSC outlets. 

It's time to clear your cabinet to make way for new books, guys! If you want to give away your old books for a good cause, you know who to call.

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