Topys’s Little Toys That Aren’t – will you join me?

My children are spoiled. Very very spoiled. They want or need for nothing. They have a nice roof over their heads, their own, pretty bedrooms, the best schools, good food to eat, family that love them and high on the list of every young child, a ridiculously large selection of toys. Too many damn toys.

So I was really touched when I heard about The Topsy Foundation, an NGO that cares for orphaned and vulnerable children, in rural Mpumalanga where The Topsy Foundation works, there is often not enough money to put food on the table and keep the household going, let alone provide toys for the kids to play with. These circumstances are robbing them of the opportunity to develop some of the vital skills they’ll need later in life.

The Topsy Toy Project is trying to right this wrong. Kids in the communities where Topsy work end up playing with whatever junk they find lying around. Their makeshift robots, dolls, cars and fairy wands inspired our own range of toys – The Little Toys that Aren’t


Through a partnership with Spree and Your Parenting, these bits and pieces are being virtually sold online as real toys. Shoppers will be able to make a donation by “buying” one of ten different toys, with the full amount going straight to Topsy to stock their Toy Library.

For example, this is a crocodile!



And this is is a toy tea set, my heart really hurt when I looked at this!


What about a toy car?



Through the Topsy Toy Library, partnerships have been formed with twenty-three day care centres in the area, as well as a centre for physically disabled kids. With Topsy’s help, more than 1 400 children are now getting access to specialised educational toys and better-trained teachers. We’d like this campaign to also spark a bigger conversation about early childhood development and how important it is for parents, teachers and nannies to help kids learn through play.

The Little Toys that Aren’t are available for virtual purchase from today at R20 per toy-donation, will you join me in making a donation?

For more information on how you can get involved, follow Topsy Foundation on Facebook & Twitter.


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  • Reply Emy Clarkee

    Sharon, this is such a great initiative. I will definately be making a donation!

    September 17, 2015 at 9:20 am
  • Reply CharlieW

    This is amazing!! My heart…

    September 17, 2015 at 9:25 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I know, it broke my heart when I read about it. Seriously, my children have soooo many toys they don’t ever play with and these kids are playing with rubbish!

      September 17, 2015 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Ella

    Wow such a worthy cause

    September 17, 2015 at 9:38 am
  • Reply catjuggles

    Such a worthy cause!

    September 17, 2015 at 9:56 am
    • Reply Sharon

      And it’s only R20 to help make a difference!

      September 17, 2015 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Noma-Afrika

    This is so sad yet very inspiring and I can relate. I grew up in the village and we used lids and tins for tea set, our brothers used bricks and box matches as cars..Thanks for sharing Sharon xx.

    September 17, 2015 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Deshree

    What an awesome cause to support. Please give me the details on how to contribute and will definitley do so. We waste money on STUPID thinngs where as these kids dont have nothing, definitley an eyeopner. I am IN….

    September 21, 2015 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Sam

    Sharon please contact me – can we do some physical donations? My company is looking for a charity to donate to and well even me personally would love to donate actual toys?

    September 21, 2015 at 10:10 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Done! I’ve cc’d you on an email to Corli so you can chat! Thanks

      September 22, 2015 at 11:21 am
      • Reply Sam

        Thanks a million – I got it

        September 22, 2015 at 12:13 pm

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