By David Hylton,
Public Relations Specialist
“Whether creating a toy boat from an old flip flop, a doll from banana bark or a truck from an empty spray can, children have a remarkable power to play,” says ChildFund International President and CEO Anne Lynam Goddard.
That remarkable power Anne speaks of will be on display from Aug. 3-28 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., as our toy exhibit, “The Power to Play – from Trash to Treasure,” is showcased. The National Press Club’s International Correspondents Committee and ChildFund International will host a special event from 3-5 p.m. Aug. 6 to showcase the exhibit.
Renowned journalist Helen Thomas will introduce Anne, who will speak on the toy exhibit and ChildFund’s work with deprived, excluded and vulnerable children around the world.
“These are children who have experienced all the grinding burdens the developing world can inflict on childhood – famine, war, poverty, sickness,” Anne says of the children who made the toys. “But the toys they made offer dramatic proof that – through it all – children can retain their sense of wonder, their desire to play, their indomitable spirit, and their ability to imagine and create … if they are given the support they need.”
For more information about the toys, visit www.ChildFund.org/toys. For more on the National Press Club, visit npc.press.org. The National Press Club is at 529 14th St. NW; the Aug. 6 event is open to the public.
Coming later this week: I head to Washington, D.C., to give you an inside look at the National Press Club event.