IKEA Soft Toys for Education + Give Away

The winners were:

If I were lucky enough to win this prize I would put them under the Christmas Giving Tree at Kmart. My three daughters and I have recently completed our annual toy shopping for the Giving Tree. This is something we do every year and my heart swells with pride when I witness their generosity and delight at being able to do something tangible for children who are less fortunate. They think very carefully about the gifts they chose making sure they are sturdy, age appropriate and something that will bring hours of play and enjoyment.

I would donate them to AMES to pass on to refugee children. My nieces and nephews have plenty of toys, but the refugee children (mostly Burmese and Sudanese in my area) have little to nothing.

As you would know I am quite passionate about children’s education. Education can make all the difference in the life of a child. Over the last 9 years, IKEA have run the Soft Toys for Education initiative to raise money that gives children across Africa, Asia and Europe access to better education.

The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in developing countries by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently funded programmes benefit an estimated 100 million children. ikeafoundation.org

Last year alone 2011 the IKEA foundation donated 12.4 million euro to UNICEF and Save the Children, and since 2003, 47.5 million euro has been generated through the Soft Toys for Education campaign. 8 million children in 45 countries have benefited from the funds generated. The funds get put towards projects like training teachers and creating child friendly schools.

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You can help in this campaign, which is running from November 4 until December 29. For every IKEA soft toy or children’s book bought, the IKEA Foundation will donate 1 euro to help fund education projects supported by UNICEF and Save the Children.

And if you don’t want to buy the toys for your children, you can purchase them and leave it in the donation boxes in-store. As well as the 1 euro money donation they generate, these toys are then given to Save the Children, who distribute these toys among families in need in local communities.

IKEA Soft Toys Give Away

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Courtesy of IKEA I have two super cute soft toy packs to give away. Each pack contains the soft toys below. Yours will be new of course, not the ones which have been squished and loved on by my little ones!

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To enter all you need to do is:

  • Leave a comment telling me who you would give the toys to and why.
  • The winner will be notified via email. You must have a valid email address to enter. If no response is received with 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.
  • This give away is available to Australian residents only.
  • The give away will close 9pm AEDST Wednesday 28th November 2012.
  • Good luck!