The Aviva Great Wall of Education presented by the Hindustan Times saw Mumbai’s generosity meter rise on its third day.
By Saturday evening there were 64,680 books on the wall.
Member of Parliament Priya Dutt and her husband Owen visited the wall with their two children and donated 33 books. “Parents usually do not know what to do with books that their children don’t read anymore,” she said.
“I remember that I loved Nancy Drew books as a girl and hope that children from all strata of society have access to these books.”
The weekend brought more people with college students stepping in to raise the wall. Maharashtra College and the Rotaract Club of KC College donated 149 and147 books respectively.
“These books are the collective effort of the students of KC College and we are planning to donate more tomorrow as well,” said Kushal Bhuva, a junior college student.
Abhishek Apte, a 22-year-old chartered accountant, came from Goregaon to donate 33 books
A few even donated CD-ROMs for children.
The youngest contributor was eight-year-old Sanchit Shankar who said, “I have outgrown these books, and now I am trying to read Harry Potter, so I have come to donate books and also want to win a prize at the quiz”.
Through the day, children at Phoenix Mills were entertained with several activities.
From an interactive storytelling session by the Bluefun Umbrella Group to a skit by the theatre group All My Tea, the main aim was to teach children the importance of reading.
The wall got bigger by evening and Shweta Tripathi, who plays Zenia Khan in a show on Disney channel, spent time interacting with the children.
Not everyone was there to just donate. Juhi Kothari, a Class 3 student, was found reading a book from the wall to her young sister Tanishka.