Sonja, James and Klara Holloway | England

Dental Hygiene for people without shelter, 2020

"A few months ago I was at an event in North London and happened to speak to someone who shared some statistics about homelessness and dental hygiene which was astonishing. On any given night in London in 2019, about 170,000 people were sleeping rough (that’s 1 in 52 people in the city!). Many of them do not use a toothbrush or even think about oral hygiene or know that they could access help with the British health service - they have different priorities and issues. When we talked about this as a family, we realised that James had amassed a collection of wash kits that he had been given on flights in 2019. This was an opportunity to create care packages and re-packaged all of the wash kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste and a pair of socks. We took these to St Mungos, a local charity that supports people sleeping rough with temporary accommodation to help them get on their feet again and support them to gain employment and other meaningful skills. We told a neighbour of ours who will do the same this year with all of her aeroplane wash kits too, so we hope to have started something special in our local community. Klara had a great time helping us put together the care packages and took them to a St Mungos shelter with us last week. We hope that in joining in on our TOY Cap Project she has started another great tradition of helping those in need with the basic things we take for granted. She brushes her teeth every day too!"


Tina and David Trehondart | Doha

Learning an important lesson from a humble servant in Doha, 2020

"Tina and I have been living in a hotel for the last seven months and we are treated like royalty.To top it off, we‘re in the Middle East where the level of service is incredible. One of the many staff members is Anthony. He takes amazing care of us. Always has a smile on his face, never says no. One day, Tina wasn’t feeling well and he brought flowers to our room. He even wrote a handwritten card to go with it. As I was walking him out to head back to my office, he was asking about Noa, our 1.5 year old daughter. Naturally I asked about his kids. I learned that his 2-year-old son Nathaniel, who lives back in Kenya with his mom, had leukaemia. I was speechless, only after five months I finally asked about his private life and I was shocked by what he is facing. How can you deal with a challenge like this, being far away from your family, travelling to his son as often as possible to give him blood, but still give to others and be constantly so nice and supportive to everyone? Never did he mention how hard it was financially too. Everything he earns, he sends home to help his family. I was deeply humbled, and I decided to help. Simply giving money was neither fun nor was it engaging, Together with Tina, we organized a week of daily sports activities for all my colleagues in Doha. A sign-up fee, one activity a day and the more you participate, the less you have to pay afterwards. That was one way to incentivize people to do things together, sweat out all the hummus we eat, and obviously raise money for something that matters. The program was pretty intense. We started with beach volley on Sunday afternoon, football on Monday, high-intensity workout on Tuesday, spinning on Wednesday and we closed it off with aquagym on Friday. It was so hot that we had to cancel tennis on Saturday. My colleagues really played the game and we got amazing turnouts. We did not tell him anything and kept it a surprise all along. Overall, we managed to raise more than $2,500. To celebrate him, we organised a Butler’s Appreciation Day where we handed him the money and thanked him for spoiling us with attention to details. After receiving the envelope, he opened up with the story to all of us. This project is a reminder that behind "all-good-in-the-hood "appearance you might find a lot of pain and struggle in a person. Anthony is grateful that he can provide for his son and family and he does not complain.


Otto Krul | Geneva, Switzerland

As I am hopeless at singing, I offer time and sport activities., 2020

I decided this year to work as volunteer for AGIS association ( One day a month, I am spending my Saturday with mentally and physically handicapped people. I have always wanted to give some of my time to those who did not have the same chances in life as us. AGIS association offers many activities to these wonderful people. It goes from karaoke to watching movies to drawing, to sport activities, etc. As I am not a very good singer nor a good drawer, I decided to go for the sport activities. We often go for long walks where we talk about everything really. In the beginning, most of the participants were shy towards me, which is absolutely normal but after a few visits they started opening up to me. Talking about they daily lives. It was an absolute joy seeing them again and seeing "smiles" on their faces at the end of the day.


Maria and Nicolas Bernheim | Zurich, Switzerland

Teaching children gratitude, 2020

We stayed home for the holiday season. It was also the best occasion to complete our TOY cap project, with the help of friends and the TOY family we gathered over 100 toys, some of them new, to be given to Joëlle’s center here in Zurich for families in need. It was an incredible occasion to teach our girls about giving back and also about the meaning of all these holidays let it be Hannukah or Christmas and most definitely gaining meaning. We wanted to make sure that although we want to offer the best for our children, they remain grateful for what they have and what they are given. We also feel strongly that of course, all the parents around the world want to offer the best for their children, so hopefully our little contributions will help them put a smile on their children's faces, or provide the tools for a daycare to teach how to read. Furthermore, it meant realising for us and for our daughters that they are people less fortunate all around us and not an abstract idea of people on tv or on the news, a comment made by Max that stuck with us for a while.


Maxime Castric, Carla Chan and Mike Imam | Jakarta, Indonesia

Little Warriors Fun Day, 2020

Our (Carla, Maxime and Mike) TOY cap project in 2019 was about spending time with kids in Jakarta, Indonesia that are either cancer survivors or still battling with cancer – mostly, having suffered or suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Hemophilia. The idea was inspired by Maxime’s local friend Roland who has been supporting a local organization Yayasan amaryllis kirana (literally translated: organization that supports kids who deal with cancer) already for some time and organized similar events in the past and together with another local friend of his, Bombi, was instrumental in preparing for the Fun Day. On Sunday 8th December, we (Carla, Maxime, Dian and Jayden – Mike’s wife and son, Mike, Ronald, Bombi, Septa – Bombi’s girlfriend, and Shauket – Mike’s dad) equipped with goodie bags, an enormous birthday cake for the kids celebrating birthday, and food for everyone arrived around 10 o’clock at the Yayasan’s house in West-Jakarta where we were greeted by the smiles of over 40 kids, their parents and 3 clowns (that Roland had organized). The next four hours went by in a whizz with lots of hugging, laughing, clown activities and picture taking. The absolute highlight was certainly when the kids started painting on a 5-meter canvas we had brought along under the encouragement and guidance of “sister” Carla and “grandy” Shauket. And, the sparkle in the eyes of the kids in the hospital that could not participate at the Fun Day when we delivered them their goodie bags. A day that we all thoroughly enjoyed, an unforgettable day that we all carry with us, a day that we love to share with the TOY family.


Maria Koller-Grau | Switzerland

Community Yoga for a good cause , 2020

Starting back in November 2018 after finishing my yoga teacher education, I began teaching my own class in a yoga studio in Zurich. A dear friend of mine found her own business ( around the same time, creating a platform for fashion brands from Latin and South America with a social background. We both have a dear family member living and working at Stiftung zur Palme in Pfäffikon, which lead to the idea of offering community yoga classes for a good cause. All donations go to Stiftung zur Palme and are used for leisure activities and day trips. At the same time, the community classes help me to promote my yoga classes, while Animazul is able to create awareness for their platform. I believe that yoga is a place to recharge and let go in a judgment free zone and take great pleasure in teaching while supporting a good cause at the same time.


Claudio Koller | Switzerland

Making time for my brother.. Stiftung zur Palme, 2019

The Stiftung zur Palme is an organisation close that offers people with handicaps a safe environment to work and live. They employ around 180 handicapped people in different jobs. They offer jobs in their own garden centre, a floristic store, a dry cleaners, a carpentry workshop, a restaurant and their bio store, where they sell a lot of their own production. My brother has been working there for 15 years and he has been able to build himself a home in a protected environment without the usual performance pressure. As such, it naturally is an institution that is very close to my and my wife‘s heart. We do different projects throughout the year to help them where possible. They for example have a yearly football game between the handicapped employees and the supervisors, which I have been the referee for and Maria has offered community yoga classes, where the proceeds have been donated. We also have a yearly tradition around Christmas where we help them manage the extra workload they have during this time, usually preparing and packing special Christmas orders from bigger customers. The Stiftung is always extremely grateful for any help offered in the same way that we are grateful for all they have done for my brother and people in similar situations as him. Organisations like this do extremely important work, helping people that cannot cope (physically or mentally) in "normal“ working environments, that often goes unnoticed. This is our small way of saying thank you and giving something back.


Alexandra Verney | United Kingdom

Without shoes, many children are not allowed to attend school, 2019

"Five months ago Alexandra discovered a small charity, Sal’s Shoes, which works to redistribute outgrown though not outworn shoes to children from families who cannot afford to buy their own. There are over 300 million children in the world for whom walking in shoes is a rarity which makes them vulnerable to infection by parasites and injuries that are almost always left untreated. Without shoes, many children are not permitted to attend school. We set a target to gather 1000 pairs of shoes for Sal’s Shoes and, as delivery costs £1 per pair, a target to raise £1000 was also set. Working with Sonja, Satyam, Dagny, Richard, Anna and Alison, as well as local parent networks, schools, play groups, and many others, last week we were delighted to have gathered a total of 1805 pairs of shoes alongside over £2,100.00. The first batch of shoes will be delivered to the Ukraine at the end of this month in time for winter, and the rest will follow across 43 countries worldwide. We also wanted to deliver a personal TOY message to each child gifted a pair of these shoes so, knowing they too would one day grow out of them, we folded a letter from the TOY family into 1000 pairs and also attached a keyring we made that included TOY baby footprints - thank you to everyone who sent them to us! Our project culminated in a morning of kids craft activities supported by Buckinghamshire Family Centres while we collated all of our shoes into 70 large bags with the help of Sal’s Shoes founder, CJ, and her two children, Sal and Clemie. Special mention must be made concerning one particular pair of shoes in our collection. CJ, now the wearer of her own TOY Cap, will personally take Yves’ first pair of shoes with her on her next Sal’s Shoes visit to Africa in the New Year and promises to send us a photo of the child who will give these shoes another chance to splash in puddles and kick up leaves. The generosity and kindness we have seen from so many throughout this project has been truly humbling and rewarding and we are honoured to share it with the TOY family."


Deborah and Gioele Balmelli | Switzerland

The way to your heart is through our cuisine at "Gassenkueche", 2019

"We see many homeless people every day and we want to help. Gassenkueche, in the heart of Zuerich, offers a warm meal in the evening and a place to rest and mingle with other homeless citizens of all ages and nationalities. The first evening we go shopping with Hans. He knows the problems, as he was living on the streets himself for some time after losing his job. He got a second chance and now he cooks for others once a week. We buy salad, potatos and cheese, a very Swiss dish. We prepare the dinner with Hans and other helpers. The doors open at 6.30pm. .. We smell them, before we see them. Men and women of all ages come in, warm up with tea and coffee and then we fill their plates with food. It seems they all talk at once, ask questions, tell stories and the room fills with noise and chatter. We are overwhelmed and don't have answers to all questions. Outside, they are mostly alone and next to a warm meal they enjoy the company and a pair of ears to listen. At 10pm we close the doors. Some ask for extra bread for the next day, then they disappear into the cold night. We clean the kitchen, the rooms and the worst - the toilet. Then we leave to our apartment.. We are not hungry, we feel privileged to have each other, a warm home, a job, friends, a family and good health. We learn so much that first day at "Gassenkueche".. With chf 120.- you can feed 42 people. There are no vegetarians or vegans.. They are grateful for what they get, they gossip like anybody else, they all had a life before they got homeless... These are people who matter?" Gioele and Debbie will go back once a month because they care. They want to learn more and hear different life stories.


Beth and Steve Suter | Baros Maldives

Recognize what is happening in the sea and act, 2019

"While Steve & I were in Baros, Maldives, we were saddened by the bleaching of the coral reefs. Baros is a small island with its own House Reef full with reef sharks, turtles and an array of fish. They have a marine biology center there so one day after diving we stayed and chatted with the team. They are doing incredible things to help the coral reefs survive and to replenish the reefs. So, in Yves’ honor, we contributed! We bought the metal frame, collected coral pieces that had broken off the house reef, cleaned and trimmed the coral pieces so they could „regrow“. Then finally we attached the pieces to the frame. The frame is placed in their coral garden off the front of the island which will eventually form a huge reef. Through the purchasing of the frame and our additional contribution, the team will regularly checks on the progress of the coral frames and exchanges any pieces that don’t seem to be growing before they can damage the other corals. The coral collection will protect and feed many animals.


Philipp Wille | Switzerland

The earth will outlast each and every one of us, 2019

We are a mere snapshot in time on it. This is fine, as long as we accept this and use our time wisely. "Switzerland is a country of farmers and famous for its beautiful nature so I wanted to do something in this area. Through a little bit of research I found a project called „Einsatz auf dem Bauernhof“ organized by WWF. The mission of the project is to support farmers in their daily work and to understand the importance of sustainable agriculture. It is usually a group of 6 to 8 people who - on a voluntary basis - meet 4 times a year at different farmhouses to dedicate their time in the name of nature (funny enough I‘m the only Swiss person in the group...). My first service was at the Grüthof in Wildensbach where Beatrice and Jorge live with their two daughters. Our task for the day was to harvest and remove the so called neophytes because they endanger the biodiversity with their invasive nature. A tiring but satisfying job where you can see an immediate result. Plus it feels good to do some „real work“ from time to time😉 In a nutshell a great experience with interesting people for a good cause wearing my TOY cap.


Katharina Suter | Switzerland

The silent support of an introvert, 2019

Katharina, godmother to Yves, doesn't talk much about what she does in memory of Yves. But let me tell you. She is involved in so many TOY cap projects. She donates money to every fundraising call, collects toys and baby shoes, wedding dresses, glasses and much more to support TOY cap projects of others. Her succinct comments on these engagements would be: "But I am happy to do that.” “That goes without saying.” “A matter of honour.” “Welcome.” “Here you are.” Or “Here we go.” to say it in Max’ words. When" doing things that matter ", Katharina is physically on the road to help others. She surfs the Internet, drives anywhere to collect items, makes phone calls, organizes shipping and so much more. You hardly see her in action and yet, we couldn't do without her.


Sandra Lee and Valentino | Hong Kong

Hope draws the potential in children like Valentino to new, unexpected heights, 2019

"When our first child Valentino was 3 years old, he suffered traumatic brain injuries that resulted in a sudden loss of his sight, speech, and motor functions. Doctors in Hong Kong gave the grim prognosis that he had lost all cognitive abilities, and might never regain his functions. Curiously, in the months that passed, we saw slow improvements in Valentino. But treatment options for children with traumatic brain injury seemed limited and dated in Hong Kong, especially for those who cannot see or communicate. We knew we had to look outside of Hong Kong and traditional medicine for a better solution. Our search eventually led us to a team of neuroscientists at the Burke Research Institute, a new research laboratory in New York.

See More ... The team focused on visual impairment resulting from brain injury, and showed us innovative experiments they were conducting on rodents to measure and encourage visual recovery. We knew that Valentino had to be part of this research. The team built for Valentino a computer version of their eye-tracking program, which we used as daily visual therapy back in Hong Kong. Through Valentino, they were able to show the efficacy of their innovation in human beings, and within 2 years partnered with New York's Blythedale Children’s Hospital, where the program is actively used in patients with similar challenges as Valentino. This year, the Burke team was awarded with a multi-million dollar NIH grant, which gives recognition to the importance and urgency of their work. During the 7 years that we have been working with the Burke team, Valentino’s vision has recovered significantly. The Burke-Blythedale experts are now exploring how to leverage his vision as a tool for Valentino to communicate. While there is no certainty of such recovery, we have learned that hope draws the potential in children like Valentino to new, unexpected heights." See YouTube here


Alexandra Ettlin and Tobias Kappeler | Switzerland

A day in the garden with exceptional nuns, 2019

In 2011, Alexandra used the time between her bachelor’s and master’s degrees for a somewhat different education: the women’s school of farm practice and administration at the Benedictine Convent in Fahr in Zurich. During five months at the convent, she learned to live and work with nature, based on practices that blend ancient and modern knowledge - a unique and life-changing experience. In 2013, the farm school closed its doors for good, for financial reasons and a shortage of young nuns to support farm school operations. Alex and Tobi started a TOY Cap project to support the nuns with intense garden work; they are also concentrating on preservation of the cloister infrastructure to support this institution. The fascinating and practical knowledge about herbs, plants and nature in general, as well as the sisters’ unique sense of humor, warmth and positive attitude towards life, are deeply impressive. Especially now, as we become more and more aware that we all must live in harmony with nature and apply a more sustainable approach, there is so much we can learn from the universe of knowledge embodied in this 900-year-old convent and its grounds.


Johannes Hoerning | Germany

At the end of the rainbow is a TOY bench , 2019

"For my TOY cap project this year I’ve spent a week at the Kinder- und Jugendhospiz Regenbogenland, where families with kids who suffer from terminal illness are able to spend part of their remaining time together. It’s one of only 14 such institutions in Germany in which the expected loss of a child or young adult is accompanied by therapists, social workers, and volunteers who together try to create an atmosphere of joy and solidarity. On my first day, we started with a singing session in the garden, before eating together and welcoming two “Hospital Clowns” from Cologne. In the afternoon I supported the admin team with preparations for the Open Day and other urgent tasks. During my time here I was able to experience how a family copes with the expected loss of their child, and how particularly difficult it is to deal with the grieving process of the siblings. In the middle of the Hospiz is a small indoor garden where hand-painted stones are laid down for every child that has passed. It’s a very moving gesture and one that connects this place to how we remember Yves. Together with the team, I decided to acquire a wooden bench for their new garden and to paint it in rainbow colours. I invited the six-year-old twins Sam and Damian, whose older sister is one of the patients here, to paint it together with me. We put on our TOY shirts and got all messy with the six colours of the rainbow. This bench is now the Rainbow TOY Bench on which siblings and family members can take a rest and send their thoughts to their loved ones and to Yves in whose name I’m here at the Hospiz."


Lukas Amacher | Ethiopia

Crowdfunding for a sound system to promote local farming, 2019

Sounds like no big deal... but in Ethiopia, things work differently as Luki experienced when visiting Addis Ababa for a DJ gig. He met local musicians and a guy called Yaye. He studied both jazz drumming and civil engineering. Addis, a multi million people city, is largely made up of small units of maybe 100-200 people, basically thousands of tiny villages within the city. Poor, violent and not safe in most places. But not Yaye's "mini-city". Over the course of a couple of years he and his friends built a little farm. They started with using parts of the common areas to plant vegetables, organised a market on their main square to sell them, got some pigs, reselling them again, etc etc. growing slowly into an impressive operation creating both a purpose and additional resources for many of the "mini-city's" inhabitant. Yaye also writes songs and lyrics to teach children about ecology, health, self-empowerment and other subjects. He played concerts with his band, but the sound was weak, as they only had four small speakers. Through crowdfunding Luki raised enough funds to import a sound system that the band now can use to promote the idea of local farming. Not only this, but he raised funds for beehives, a small library and a computer for the "mini-city".

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Nora, Diego and Lionel Baldenweg | Switzerland

When film music comes alive, 2019

The Baldenweg siblings spent a day at Mathilde Escher Heim for kids with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in Switzerland. They introduced themselves, shared life stories and their passion for film music. As introduction they showed the making of "The Little Witch" soundtrack and afterwards they took questions from the audience. Following the lively and interesting Q & A, they shared the entire film on a temporary cinema set-up, organized by Bea Sos on behalf of Lions Club Switzerland. A clinic - a place most of the family members call home. A place full of energy - full of exceptional minds. The only limit is their body.


Sonja Holloway and Klara | United Kingdom

Breastfeeding did not get off to an easy start., 2019

After Klara was born, it took a while to get the latch right.” I was stressed and worried. Along with my wonderful family, I had such great support from the local community and an organisation called upon the Islington Breastfeeding Network. They came to our home, listened to my concerns, gave me information, shared techniques and were supportive for many weeks afterwards until I was completely satisfied and confident. Without them I would not be where I am today and Klara would not have thrived - I breastfed for 8 months in the end and I feel that gave her the best start in life! This inspired me to start the course to become a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter. It runs over 4 months and will qualify me to help inner city Mums by giving them information and most importantly, listen to their concerns and support through counselling. With the qualification I will be able to work in local community centers and hospitals as a volunteer. In just a few weeks I have learnt so much about breastfeeding, psychology and the societal issues that lead to the low breastfeeding rate in western countries . Klara is a huge part of the project - without her I wouldn’t have been inspired and every time I nursed her in public, it was a sign to others that it was okay to breastfeed and nourish a baby in the most natural way possible. I am proud to set the right example for my daughter, to help struggling Mums in the future and give Klara a taste of her first TOY cap project."


Zandie Brockett | California

Turning an asphalt filled lot into a community garden with 150 California native plants., 2019

Yesterday, I went to a new community garden with two high school friends and one of their mothers. It was actually my friend's mom who brought us there, as she is an avid horticulturalist and wanted to spend her 61st birthday gardening. It was an incredible day because what I realized is that we were not just gardening. We were regenerating the soil, while also regenerating the community. The garden is in a primarily Hispanic neighborhood of LA called El Sereno. A barren lot just three months ago, members of The Regenerative Collective gather weekly to transform this lot into a public garden open to the neighbors. Their mission to reintegrate art, inquiry, and nature into projects that serve poverty-stricken communities and the environment have evolved this plot of land into one that is shared by the community, rather than owned by gentrifying developers who are creeping into the neighborhood. In the three months, they've already turned this once asphalt filled lot into a space filled with 150+ California native plants. It was a fascinating and lovely pre-Christmas afternoon with friends, as I learned about soil regeneration, planted sage plants, and spoke to local LA public school teachers who are going on strike at the beginning of 2019. It was also a great opportunity to also represent TOY in the community. Many people asked about my hat and I was able to share a little about the organization's mission. They were impressed that it had such global reach and were very happy to have me there.


Martin Howell | Africa

They treat plastic like banana peels, 2018

With a recent influx in plastics over the last decade, local African communities, such as Lamu, have struggled to deal with this new non-biodegradable material. Lacking the proper education and information surrounding plastics, locals continue to treat it like the biodegradable materials they have been using for centuries. They treat plastics like they do banana peels and coconut shells, and they simply throw them on the ground or in the ocean, expecting them to decompose. While those plastics went unnoticed for several years they are now presenting a serious threat to the local ecosystem as they have started to accumulate. In order to combat this, I organized a marine conservation workshop with local schools in a town called Wiyoni. The goal was to highlight to plastics issue and instruct the next generation in this community on how to deal with it. The workshop consisted of an educational component and a hands-on component. We completed a 2 hour educational session together with Lamu Marine Conservation Society, and instructed 60 children in the classroom on the danger that plastics pose to their immediate environment. I followed up the classroom session with hands-on experience, by organizing ocean cleanups, to teach the children about the plastics issue in the field. The photography and cleanup equipment were sponsored by my company, SOL Connect, which aims to connect people globally around the world’s most pressing issues. Over the course of the two ocean cleanups that I organized, we had over 120 children and community members participate and removed close to 1 ton of trash and plastic from the ocean. I am planning on securing funding for this program in 2019 to continue the educational and hands-on program in 2019 on a bigger scale. My goal is to make Lamu and Wiyoni plastic free by 2023 and use the community as a benchmark for how we can untangle plastic products from a community, and one by one find natural substitutes.


The Burger Soehne Team | Hong Kong

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is a progress, 2018

The Burger Soehne Team took part, for the 3rd time this year, in the Hong Kong Cyclothon, organized by the HK Tourism Board. It's one of the biggest fund raising sport events in China. Amongst 5000 participants, the BS team (mostly amateur cyclists) participated in order to do something that matters and help less fortunate neighbours. While challenging themselves, they had fun and they strengthened their camaraderie.


Akshay Bajaj | Hong Kong

Learning Together to inspire and empower, 2018

Akshay Bajaj set up Learning Together in 2015. It fosters initiatives that integrate Asylum Seekers and Refugees (ASR) in Hong Kong and builds leadership within an empowered community. With a particular focus on the power of youth, Learning Together runs a three-part program that seeks to inspire and enable young ASRs between the age of 15 and 25 to achieve their full potential despite institutional challenges.


Elizabeth Suter | Switzerland

"Run for Africa" on foot and on the Waveboard, 2018

50 pupils from the IBS Terra Nova took part in the "Run for Africa" around the Schübelweiher in Kuesnacht on a glorious day in June. Every school year the bilingual school, which has been based in Küsnacht for more than 20 years, offers its students a project time in which a specific topic is explored from kindergarten to 6th grade. This year it was Africa. The "Run for Africa" was a highlight of this project and more than 50 pupils took part in the fundraising event.

 The sponsorship run was not about competing against each other, but with each other. Every pupil, whether in kindergarten or sixth grade, gave his or her best and ran as many laps as possible around the Schübelweiher in a given time.

 For the pupils it was a great incentive to know that they can do good with their performance and help children in Africa. The money raised will go to education needs of children in Africa.


Anna Heringer, supported by Inge Haselsteiner | Bangladesh

Architecture is a tool to improve lives, 2018

The vision behind Anna' work is to explore and use architecture as a medium to strengthen cultural and individual confidence, to support local economies and to foster the ecologial balance. The project allow women in Bangladesh to earn a living in their villages instead of working under inhumane conditions in a big factory. Through the selling of Didi Textiles, people start valuing their own culture even more and continue the extraordinary textile culture in Bangladesh.


Annabelle Schneider | New York

My graduation - my gratitude, 2018

I did it and I am so happy. I won two awards - one for excellent design and one for extraordinary contribution to the school of constructed environments. I am grateful for all the TOY support, for shared moments, amazing encounters and for being part of the TOY family. In memory of Yves, I thought not only my graduate cap with tassel into the air, but also the TOY cap... This is only the beginning...


Silvia Rulz-Pita Martinez | Madrid

Free yoga class to celebrate life, 2018

Together with a few yoga teachers, Silvia celebrated the International Yoga Day in Madrid. Hundreds of people from different background were invited to practice their "Asanas", controlled breathing and meditation.


Katharina Suter and Joanna Lisiak | Worldwide

Old glasses to the poorest of the poor, 2018

Would you, if you had so little money and had to decide whether to use it for something edible, schoolbooks for your child or a medicine for your sick mother, or would you instead buy a vision aid that cost several times your monthly income? Many of us don't have to make that decision, but why do so many old spectacle frames with corrective lenses lie in our own drawers? Because we believe that at some point we will want to put them on again or even inherit them? Hardly. Probably we secretly appreciate the value of glasses. As a wearer of glasses, you cannot and would not want to do without glasses for short or long. With this "TOY glasses project", Katharina and Joanna have meanwhile collected 11 times 88 pairs of glasses. A total of 968!!!!! With the distribution to third world countries organized by , the measured, cleaned glasses reach the poorest of the poor of this world.


TOY Family | The Philippines

Everybody feels hungry at times., 2018

Families living in ultra poverty in the Philippines struggle every day to get enough food. Together with International Care Ministries, TOY organised 1,000,000 highly nutritious food packages, specifically designed for malnourished individuals. ICM local health teams distributed the meals. They also screen more than 10,000 malnourished children. With our TOY initiative, we help to restore many children to a healthy weight. Receiving these food packages were "good days" for these families. But most days are not "good days". There is so much more to be done before all these families can say - Every day is a "good day".

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Laura & Otto Krul | Switzerland

Caring is what makes you human, 2018

As soon as we saw the banner “Troc Social” (in English: Social Exchange) in our Geneva suburb, we immediately wanted to find out what it was all about! The Social Service Association in our suburb was looking for volunteers to take out on walks or simply have conversations with Geneva citizens living in isolation or who have mobility issues. There are surprising amount of people living in isolation looking for someone to talk to or even to just to get to the mailbox. Otto and I volunteered to take out on walks, on a weekly basis, Eleanor, a 93-year- old woman whom we have built a wonderful relationship with. Since last year we have each committed to spend 2-3 hours with her every week and very much enjoyed to discuss politics, travel, family, style and much more! We are so pleased to have contributed in some way to our community and hope to encourage our friends to do the same! Once our baby is a little bigger we hope to continue our walks with little Elsa, too!


Johannes Hoerning | Hong Kong

The brain is like any other muscle. Working it makes it stronger, faster and more flexible, 2018

Excited and nervous to teach young non-philosophers and HKU - How will they deal with my questions? "Philosophy is often known to be concerned with issues that have little relevance for today’s pressing social and political issues. But a philosophical inquiry can provide us with analytical tools for addressing these issues beyond the way they are presented (often misleadingly) in mass media. For my 2018 TOY cap project, I’ve decided to meet 120 students at the University of Hong Kong between the age of 17 and 20 over the coming 8 weeks and get them to talk about global inequality, human rights, and what moral obligations we have towards refugees. Most of these students have never set foot in a philosophy class and study topics that do not touch on any ethically contentious issues. Before each of them soon enters the “real world” to start their professional careers, I hope that this philosophy crash course Thinking about Global Ethics will contribute to their critical thinking about the world we live in and their own place in it."


Jennifer Greenland and Luca Pessina | Switzerland

A present with a letter to asylum seekers, 2018

With the initiate ( people in Zuerich collect presents for asylum seekers, so that they get a useful gift at Christmas and learn this wonderful custom of presents that we have here. The idea is that each of them also gets a present, with a personal note at Christmas to unwrap. This is a wonderful way of welcoming these people to a new country, showing them our holiday season customs and for them to receive necessary gifts for their new life here.


Jennifer Greenland & Luca Pessina | Switzerland

Cop: Please get out of the car. Me: I am too drunk, you get in, 2018

Drinking and driving are obviously a very bad combination. One quarter of mortal car accidents in Switzerland are caused by alcohol, and this scary statistic rises to half of all accidents on weekends. There is an alternative that can save your own and other people's life: Nez Rouge. It is a great service, run exclusively by volunteers, to ensure that people who had a few drinks, don’t get behind the wheel and get home safely. It runs all over Switzerland. We spent the night in a civil service bunker on the Monte Ceneri with other volunteers of all ages. You wait there, drink coffee and have a snack, and socialise until you are called to a location. This night we were called to a restaurant in Lugano. We drove home a couple that had been enjoying a nice dinner with friends. Most people that use this service are not drunk, but they maybe enjoyed a dinner and had more wine than is legally allowed. One person drives the Nez Rouge car you came in and the other drives the customers car. Any tips or donations, go towards running the service. That night we ensured a lovely couple got home safe.


Deborah Kappeler, Gioele Balmelli and Tobias Benedict Kappeler | Zurich

Live life. Give life. By favoring organ donation., 2018

Deborah, Gioele and Tobi spent an afternoon at the Christmas Market in Zuerich to convince passersby to sign an organ donation card. Under current law in Switzerland, to become an organ donor upon death, a person must proactively state its wish while being alive. The three TOY friends had to get out of their comfort zones and get people to listen and hear about the initiative. It was not an easy task - but before the day was over, they convinced 100 people to take the donation card and express their will to give organs. This project had a big impact on the three TOY friends. They needed to convince others to do something that matters and give them another perspective about the cause. But they were also impressed at how many adults already carry a donation card or even better, enabled the function in the emergency setting on the smartphones.


Laura Hilber | Berlin

Putting a smile on the face of children battling a sickness, 2017

With so many sad things happening in the world, we tend to forget what happens to our own. Sternschnuppe is a Swiss Organisation that helps sick children in Switzerland fulfill a dream. It is also an organization very close to my heart as I, myself, was once able to benefit and make a wish. After spending so much time in hospital, I never thought it would be possible to run a marathon one day. All the training, all the tears, all the pain but also all the smiles, memories and experiences made it worth it – especially because I was running for a reason. I ran the Berlin Marathon for those who can’t. Every meter of the way, during the pain from my injuries from the training, there was never an option to give up. I didn’t want to let down the organization or the amazing people who donated to my cause. I wanted to show that running a marathon is possible, even after battling a severe condition. 10’000 CHF came together and when Sternschnuppe asked me what my wish is these days: To put back a smile on the face of the children battling a sickness. Thanks to all of you, I have achieved that.


Cassandra Wong and Otto Brockway | Malaysia

Food for the animal shelter in Kota Kinabalu, 2017

For our first TOY Cap Project, we decided to donate food to The SPCA animal shelter in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. We visited the farm and spent time with the animals and the keepers. While being there we got to understand what was needed at the shelter. Otto and I convinced my mother and her friends, who live in Malaysia, to support the shelter. They agreed to give a helping hand on a regular basis. As Tony Robbins always say, if we don't give back when we think we have nothing, we will not give back when we have a lot.


Dagny Telfer | Hamburg

The populist challenge - Politics matter - recognize real issues and do something about it, 2017

Dagny joined United Europe/Young Professionals Seminar in Hamburg - young Europeans discussed the populist challenge. In Europe, populist movements are attracting a growing number of voters with messages that are simplistic and nationalist. The participants, 25 young professionals from twelve European nations, spent an intensive two days in Hamburg debating the many facets of this topic. Dagny did it, because being informed in politics matters and because she wants to improve communication and dialogue with the public and the TOY circle.


Andrea Wild Botero and Raphael Kappeler | Mexico

Scared, shocked, and confused, but physically unharmed, 2017

Andrea and Raphi live and work in Mexico. After the devastating earthquake, they have basically put on hold all their activities to focus on the community, finding ways to help. In 48 hours they have made 300 sandwiches, they have given shelter to 8 people amongst other things.


Alexandra, Melanie, Alison, Abhishek and Filipe | U.K.

TOY Santa and his Elves visit the Puzzle Centre, 2017

Alexandra, Melanie, Alison, Abhishek and Filipe had the huge privilege of visiting the Puzzle Centre. The Puzzle Centre is an institution that provides early education and support for children suffering from autism and communication differences. We had the chance to spend the afternoon with these wonderful children, playing, reading them stories, drawing and spreading a bit of Christmas spirit around the school. It was amazingly heart-warming to see these children light up with such joy and laughter while reacting so positively to us strangers. We were also extremely happy to receive such great feedback from the parents and the teachers at the centre which tells us that at least for that afternoon we really made a difference. As Clare Samways said “For many of our children this may be the first time they will have met Santa. This is why your TOY cap project will be so special for our children and our families, who are so often isolated from mainstream festive events.”


Jennifer Greenland | Berlin

Following the artist Carla Chan, 2017

Monique and Max have a great passion for art and from the beginning shared this interest with their son Yves and today with the TOY family. Yves met many artists, went to numerous art fairs and immersed himself in this world. In January 2011 at the Art Stage Singapore Art fair he joined Indian Artist T. Venkanna in his performance piece. The artist was sitting on a bench, in the nude, in front of a Frieda Kahlo work and invited visitors to sit next to him and take his hand, as a tableau vivant version of the painting behind them. In conservative Singapore, this piece was hugely controversial and had to be cancelled shortly after. Yves had no such fear of these interactions, he dared and challenged himself.

Read More... Today the award is dedicated to his memory and to the TOY circle. We are all now invited into this world of art. For myself, art began as a creative outlet at school and later turned to fascination and wonder as I immersed myself in the study of History of Art at University. Since then, Art has been a part of my life, it has opened new worlds and adventures to me. With this award, I look forward to a new such experience, to following the career of Carla Chan. To building a new partnership for TOY and myself, to building up a dialogue. I will follow her, take an active interest and bring the different ideas and dialogues to the wider TOY circle.


Elaine Ng | Hong Kong

Be brave to show your vulnerability and ask for help, 2017

In Hong Kong, one in six people suffer from a diagnosable mental health illness. Suicide rates for youngsters under 24 as well as people over 60 is on the rise. This past summer when Elaine heard that the first annual Hong Kong Mental Health Conference would be held in November, she instantly volunteered. Regardless of where you are reading this now, 45 percent of us will deal with a mental health illness at least once in our life, so please let’s work together to end the mental health stigma.


David Trehondart | London - UK

Exchanging office work to be a courier for one week, 2017

David hopped on a bike during his lunch break and delivered food in London.He got to talk to customers about the Bibi Fund project is and to raise awareness around kids cancer. He learned a lot about what couriers go through all day. Not an easy job, but it felt good to do something that matters and to be challenged to learn about another profession and how others earn their living.


Maria Adela Sieper & Maleachi Bühringer | Germany and Mallorca

What's love got to do with it , 2017

Maria and Maleachi experience that in life most experiences are not learned, but lived. As a couple they started the "TOYchanginglives" project. This year they started a fundraising campaign by selling bracelets. Relationships are stronger when you are best friends first, and a caring couple second. Together they make a change and together they learn that life is a series of contemporary moments that shape their relationship. What's love got to do with it? Everything


Olga Ortiz | Miami

It seemed impossible to stand up. I needed help, 2017

My name is Valentina, I am 11 years old. I am a cancer patient and I am paralyzed from my hip down. I took part in a contest at the Nicklaus Children Hospital in Miami (where I am being treated) to draw a poster for the International Children's Day in Miami. On March 12th, my drawing was selected to be the motive for the campaign this year. I did something that matters for TOY and I hope that my friend who started this contest with me is smiling in heaven. Olga Ortiz initiated the initiative and as a result a dream comes true for me. She and her team will take me to Disney World.


Fabian Marti | California

When life is on a downward spiral, 2017

It's hard to accept that more than 254,000 people are homeless in California. Karolina Dankow and Fabian Marti met Mark, a 51 year old banker. While struggling to pay off his debt, Mark was still unable to work, and in a fast downward spiral he lost everything he had. He has also been diagnosed diabetic and has to inject insulin regularly. Since Mark does not own a car, Fabian has offered to drive him to the next Walmart in Hawthorne and buy the drugs at affordable price with him. On the weekly trips Mark and Fabian have gotten to know each other and have exchanged funny and sad stories. They have become friends.


Michelle Lee | Hong Kong

Never too old to have fun, 2017

Michelle Lee and a group of volunteers took a group of elderly neighbors from Kowloon to Cheung Chau, Hong Kong. To assist a group of smiling elderly citizens and keep them safe for the journey needs skills and courage. To see them happy and engaged makes everyone smile. TOY Never Too Old is an ongoing project. We will organize many more happy memories with them.


Max & Monique Burger | Brazil

Planting seeds, 2017

“Planting a seed” has different meanings. You can plant seeds with your hands or with your hearts and actions. We learned by planting trees in Brazil, that a forest is only as healthy, strong and beautiful as its diversity of trees. We have planted 150 different seeds for the TOY family and the children from HK at a reforestation project in Bahia. We gave them the first drops of water in the wilderness and cannot wait to see how nature will do the rest to grow a strong, beautiful and healthy TOY forest.


Dagny & Richard Telfer | UK

Spinning for a good cause, 2017

Dagny and Richard Telfer love dogs. Combining their love for the charity guide dog with their passion for healthy living, they have teamed up with the amazing founder of GrooveCycle, Sarah-Jane Aboboto, and her colleague Michael Johnston to provide the complete GrooveCycle experience. They raised enough funds and therefore, after 24 months of training, our TOY puppy will give freedom and independence to someone with sight loss in the UK.


Nadia Kaabi-Linke | Berlin

Making change for people who have very different lives at very different places, 2016

Nadia Kaabi-Linke who works and lives in Berlin goes to a refugee shelter twice a week to help mainly with translations. Her knowledge of Russian and Arabic helped to translate between doctors, officials and specialists and the refugees. Nadia listens to their stories and she helps to show that refugees and other displaced people are just that, people.


Diana Wong | Hong Kong - Bali

Time and touches count, 2016

During her travel, Diana went to West Bali and delivered donations in person to the rarely visited region of the island. The project intention is to share personal Time and Touches with people who receive the supplies. With the expectation to offer materialistic goods to remote villagers, she gained so much more wisdom from them.


Gianni Jetzer | Singapore - Fukushima

A line is a dot that went for a walk, 2016

Art therapy is one way to help children cope with traumatic experiences. Gianni is supporting the artist Noritoshi Hirasawa to raise funds for a two-week art retreat program called Today Is the Day in Singapore for children living in Fukushima, Japan in a contaminated environment. The first year he bought the artwork behind him on the picture entitled Does This Soup Taste Ambivalent? By Ei Arakawa, the following year Gianni asked artists for donations and this year he launched the first Today Is the Day-Portfolio with artworks by Davide Balula, Jessica Diamond, and Carissa Rodriguez. Art theraphy.


Vidur Yadav | Bandrol, India

TOY keeping you warm, 2016

Before going on a hike, Vidur spent time sewing TOY labels onto used clothes. Then he went hiking in Bandrol, a village in the Kully district of the Himachal-Pradesh State in India. He was greeted by children and their parents, then he left with a big smile, thinking his clothes would keep them warm.


Susie | Barcelona

Run for a better life, 2016

And she did it again. Running a marathon with the TOY cap. It was inspiring in many ways – she often places her hand on the head and it gives her courage and strength and it makes her feel easier to keep running.  The fund raised was for “Down Syndrome Association Hong Kong”.


Robert Schloer | Hong Kong

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader, 2016

“Good morning Mr. Robert.” That was how the class started and Robert was startled. He started to read Willy The Dreamer and the children hung on to every word. Books and Beyond Reading Club is a community service initiative focused on providing free English reading enrichment programs to children with lesser means. Run by native English speakers, their mission is to help children develop a love for reading and immerse themselves in an all-English speaking environment.


Olga Ortiz | Miami, Florida

Imagination is more important than knowledge, 2016

Olga and her team know how important it is for children to dream and enrich their brains with art project. For this year’s International Hispanic Theater Festival, they chose “Stone by Stone” after the book “Piedra a Piedra” by Rosa Diaz, Spain. The earth is full of stones. If you look inside them, they are more than simple rocks. As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”


Olga Ortiz | Miami – Ecuador

TOY brings toys to children in Ecuador, 2016

After the horrible and devastating earthquake in Ecuador, Olga put together an event in Miami with and for children. The money and toys raised were sent to children in Ecuador.


Nalini Malani | Mumbai, India

Imagine a world without sound, 2016

Kalyani was only 8 when she lost both her parents. At the age of 10, she started to work in order to pay for her sister's education. After an arranged marriage, she gave birth to her son who is deaf. Not only did Nalini buy hearing aids, she also collected funds for one cochlear implant, as well as enrolled the boy in a special school for the hearing challenged.


Evita Schildknecht | Rapperswil, Switzerland

The end is also the beginning, 2016

For her high school graduation, Evita talked about TOY and how she learned to talk about death with her classmates and teachers. She is inspired by the TOY cap projects. Through her presentation, she wanted to encourage her peers to do something that matters at least once a year. Her contagious spirit helped distribute many TOY keeping you warm labels.


Max and Monique Burger | Rome, Worldwide

TOY keeping you warm, 2016

During the 2016 TOY annual event, each TOY friend received a Grana sweater together with a card and a TOY label. The friends had to grab an unwanted garment they wished to donate, removed the label and sewn the extra TOY keeping you warm label onto it. Then they had to give the garment to someone in need of warmth.


Maria Sieper and Maleachi Buehringer | Cuba

Coloring your book of life, 2016

Your life does not have to fit neatly between the lines. Color it in any way you want. On their trip to Cuba, Maria and Maleachi brought colored pencil sets and gave them away to children. Knowing that the children’s daily lives can be changed by having colors in their hands made Maria and Maleachi happy.


Max Burger, Elaine Ng and Fabio Rossi with Isaac Chong | Hong Kong, Korea and Guangzhou

One Sound of the Future, 2016

Elaine, Max and Fabio participated as living sculptures in Isaac Chong’s performance “One Sound of the Future” and experienced an amazing unique moment simultaneously with performing participants in Korea and mainland China. Our ideas of the future interweaving.


Klaus Gabriel | Germany

Making a dream come true at DTM, 2016

Klaus Gabriel invited a boy with special needs to be his co-driver at a DTM fun race in Germany. The boy will never forget this once in a lifetime experience.


Joanna Lisiak | Africa - India

See the world better through worn glasses, 2016

Joanna collected, cleaned and measured 88 pairs of glasses and sent them to people in Africa and India. It is an ongoing project and she keeps collecting used glasses in order to help people with poor eyesight in third world countries.


Anna Abrell | London, UK

And she does it again, running for a good cause, 2016

Anna could have spent a cozy day at home, but instead she put on her running shoes on Monther's Day and ran a half marathon to raise funds for


Silvia Ruiz | India

Free yoga for everyone, 2016

In 2015, Silva spent a few weeks in India to graduate as yoga instructor. She used the time to learn and to heal. She uses her knowledge and shares her experience with children and adults in need wherever she goes.


Gabriel Delponte | Japan

Where your comfort zone is and when you are in it, 2015

Gabriel started the project two years ago. He left the comfort of the studio and took the road to the unknown. With his bike and mobile studio he experiences different ways of communication - there are many lonely moments, but the TOY cap became like a source of strength and inspiration - it unleashes the curiosity to talk to strangers.


Andrea Wild and Raphael Kappeler | Mexico

Saving turtles, 2015

All you need is to be enthusiastic about getting involved. In 2015, they came across a conservation project during their vacation. They had a rare chance to contribute directly to the protection and preservation of sea turtles. The work done at this project is critical, as many of the turtle species that nest on the beaches in Mexico are increasingly endangered.


Dagny Sundstrom and Richard Telfer | London, UK - Africa

Making someone happy with used clothes, 2015

Dagny felt lonely and experienced fear being locked up at HPM Shepton Mallet, in a cell formerly resident to one of the Kray twins. She spent a full day in prison to raise funds and awareness for SOS Africa. The money she raised goes to Marlene Swartz, providing her with a personal education program.


David Kolinski | Lisbon, Portugal

Making someone happy with used clothes, 2015

David started that day with a mission. He put on the TOY shirt and cleaned his closet. He collected a pile of clothes he had not worn for some time and later gave away for a charity in Portugal. After the “hard work”, he went for a walk and felt good.


TOY cap project worldwide | Berlin, Germany

All religions under one roof, 2015

Together as a TOY family, we support the house of worship where Jews, Muslims and Christians are planning to build a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof. Never give up hope that we could all live in peace and be grateful.


Daniela Schildknecht | Feldkirch, Switzerland

Planting seeds in the shape of a heart, 2015

Daniela saw Yves growing up. His smile has helped her go the extra mile. Every year she plants seeds in the shape of a heart in her garden. When she cleans the closets, she brings the clothes to a home of refugees in the region. Helping others keep her smile.


Thorsten Albertz and Ernesto Alvarez | New York, USA

TOY keeping you warm, 2015

Thorsten and Ernesto collected jackets and warm coats from the TOY community. Upon arrival of the items from all over the world, they labeled them with the TOY keeping you warm labels. We all sent letters and cards that were hidden in the pockets of these warm clothes before they were distributed. Nobody should be left feeling cold.


Susie | Istanbul, Turkey

Running for charity, 2015

Susie is a personal trainer. Running just for running’s sake does not satisfy her. She loves the challenge and for each race she collects funds – a purpose to stay fit and to raise funds for different charities always puts a smile on her face when she crosses the finishing line.


David Trehondart | From Auschwitz to Birkenau

Memories will live forever, 2015

David went on the march of the living. More than 10'000 people from all over the world making sure not to forget, but maybe even more importantly to cherish the living and the future. David mentioned TOY on the note and he left it along the railway where the cattle trains would stop.


Elaine Ng and Fabio Rossi | Nepal

TOY keeping you warm, 2015

After the New York TOY friends started the project “TOY keeping you warm”, Elaine and Fabio also collected clothes in Hong Kong, labeled the sweaters and jackets and sent them to Nepal for people in need of warmth.


Joao and Yasmine with Mia | Singapore

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, 2015

Yasmine and Joao gave birth to the first TOY baby. Mia was born 2015 and she has become the love of so many lives. They host TOY gatherings in Singapore and wherever they go, they meet TOY friends. They are an inspiration to the whole TOY family.


Kim Howell and Timothy Dale | Kenya, Africa

To be smart can be cool, 2015

While on vacation in Africa, Kim and Tim spent time with kids in the local community through To engage with these children and hearing that smart is cool made them happy and appreciate what they have. They helped to transform the lives through the power of play.


Melanie Da Costa Leite | London, UK

Sharing a sandwich with a homeless person, 2015

To overcome the fear for approaching a stranger in need was the most challenging thing Melanie had not done in a long time. To share a sandwich with the TOY story and in return to hear the story of the homeless man made her cry.


Claudio Koller and Maria Grau | Bogota, Colombia

And the story continues, 2015

Maria and Claudio started a crowdfunding project on FB through Global Giving and raised more than chf 20'000.- for Albergue Infantil Mama Yolanda in Bogota, where Claudio stayed for a few weeks back in 2014. With their help they improved the life of 50 boys in Colombia.


Bianca Heller | Tanzania

Climbing the Kilimanjaro to challenge her own fear, 2015

Bianca shared her story how she climbed the Kilimanjaro. Her mission was to get comfortable being outside of her comfort zone because that is the only way to grow – a quote that has changed her life. Wearing the TOY cap, she had a guardian angel.


Melanie Da Costa Leite | London, UK

Running for charity in London, 2015

Knowing that she will support children in need in Africa, Melanie got up early and ran for a good cause. For her, it was worth to leave the warm bed anytime.


Tobias Kappeler | Switzerland, Worldwide

Sharing the message of HLH - TOY friends cheek to cheek, 2015

Tobias shared a touching story of Aksel, a boy suffering from HLH. He encouraged TOY friends to sign up for a simple and free cheek swab and to share this message with as many people as possible. Not only for Aksel, but to bring more awareness of HLH to help save other children.


Olga Ortiz | Miami, Florida

Making a difference - Always going the extra mile, 2015

Olga and her friends organized an event for Thanksgiving. They engaged with children, had a drawing competition, handed out toys, and danced. Olga is contagious with her efforts to make our world a better place.


Elizabeth Sanchez and Devorah Sasha | Miami, Florida

TOY Human Rights pocket guides for children, 2015

Elizabeth and Devorah organized a meaningful event for children and their families in Miami. Through art and games, they educated young children about the principles embedded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With the TOY booklets, we go the extra mile for human rights.


Aita Sulser and Deborah Kappeler | Zurich, Switzerland

A THANK YOU can make your day - don't take things for granted, 2015

Aita and Deborah handed out homemade chocolate during the Christmas season with a “TOY Thank You Note” to the men and women wearing orange uniforms. People cleaning our streets who never get much attention. Never take people and what they do for granted.


Elaine, Fabio and Massimo | Hong Kong

Families walking for families walkathon in HK, 2015

Fabio, Elaine and Massimo together with 800 community members from all corners of Hong Kong coming to walk in celebration of families. Together, we raised HK$2.2million to support young girls in crisis and children in adversity in Hong Kong.


Isaac Chong and Monique Burger | Kassel, Germany

One sound of the Histories - They will not be forgotten, 2015

We shall never forget. Monique participated as a living sculpture in Isaac Chong’s work “One sound of the Histories” and experienced an amazing unique moment where memories of the 100 participants were interweaving with the past, the present and the future.


Talia Moretti | Madrid – Bogota

Dreams without borders - TOY scholarship, 2014

Key note speaker Talia Moretti donated her honorarium for Sebastian Trujillo Rodriguez’s scholarship. He wants to become a professional DJ – TOY makes dreams come true.


Monique and Max Burger, Albergue Infantil Mama Yolanda | Bogota, Colombia

A room to play - Ludoteca TOY, 2014

As a birthday gift Monique received a cash cheque from the TOY family. The money was used to build a "Ludoteca TOY" at a care center in Bogota, Colombia. Children need education, but also a room to play.


Melanie Da Costa Leite | London - Africa

Water Project Africa, 2014

Why be happy? Why be anything else? Instead of birthday gifts Melanie raised money for the Water Project in Africa and shared the story of Mulitani Yessaya and her daily inspiration "what will I do with it".


Margrit Scheuber | Zurich, Switzerland

Laughter and smiles come in all shapes and sizes, 2014

Margrit and her god daughter, who is challenged with a heart condition, spent a few hours at the children's hospital with the "red noses". A special day with the clowndoctors to make children smile and help them forget for a moment about where they are and what their conditions are.


Maithili Parekh | Goa, India

Sometimes we just need someone to simply be there, 2014

Maithili gave birth to Shivan in March 2011,  the same month Yves passed away. Death takes us by surprise, but one never takes without giving something in return. This is a way of the Circle known as "balancing things". Maithili wore the TOY cap for a charity walk in Goa and was rewarded with a hug from her son.


Laura Hilber | London

Running for a cancer fund, 2014

It was freezing cold and Laura could have stayed in bed, but she was so happy and proud that she did the run for a cancer fund. Her friends cheered and knowing that she could make a change made her happy.


Katharina Suter and Julie Thut | Switzerland and Bogota

Julie and Katharina selling pillows, 2014

These pillows are handmade by Peruvian artists and donated by Olga Ortiz. The money raised was donated to Albergue Infantil in Bogota.


Karen-Sofie Kvamme | Zurich - worldwide

An encouraging smile can impact people and a smile can be contagious, 2014

Karen-Sofie started the Inside Out Project with artist JR in early 2014. She collected portraits of TOY friends wearing the TOY caps and smiling. Together with many TOY friends, she mounted the portraits during the Christmas Season in Zurich.


Jonas Anderson | Stockholm, Sweden

Healing with horses, 2014

Jonas was our event planner for TOY Stockholm. He was so touched by the TOY family and all our projects that he too wanted to do something that matters. His love and passion are horses. He offers lessons for children with special needs to heal on his horses.


Esther Wong | Singapore

It begins with a story, 2014

Esther was Yves’ “mom”, or better called “older sister”, during his studies in Singapore. She took him to dinner, helped him settle and introduced him to friends. It all begins with a story and she keeps telling the stories by taking her god child to Disney World while wearing the TOY cap. Live through the eyes of children and dare to go on rides at Disney World.


Titus Kaphar | De Anza College, California

Planting seeds of a creative social movement, 2014

Titus worked with students for two weeks to create artwork that addressed issues of the American prison complex and police harassment, specifically at young black men and people in color in general.


Fiete Stolte, Max and Monique Burger |

A blink of an eye - an artist captures the momentum, 2014

Monique visited Fiete in his studio and discussed the EYE project. He knew then that his wife Julia was pregnant and that he wanted to hold on to as many smiles of his son as possible, as we never know what awaits us around the corner.


Inge Haselsteiner | Bangladesh

Women for women - Doctors go the extra mile, 2014

Inge spends at least two weeks every year for She is a anesthetist and works together with a team of doctors to help women and children in Bangladesh suffering from physical injuries as a result of domestic abuse, war or other socio-cultural reasons in the third-world countries.