Avid reader gets a box full of books

2015-07-29 06:00
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At the handover of the books (from left) Colin Muthwa, Daniel Kilyobo and Cheryl Naidoo.

PHOTO: nicole john At the handover of the books (from left) Colin Muthwa, Daniel Kilyobo and Cheryl Naidoo.

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INSPIRED by an article in the Maritzburg Fever on 24 June about Daniel Kilyobo, a Grade 9 pupil at Carter High who has read more than 300 books, the staff at Exclusive Books at Liberty Midlands Mall made up a box full of books to add to his collection.

Cheryl Naidoo, store manager, said the assistant manager, Colin Muthwa, came across the article in the paper and said he was inspired and wanted to do something to encourage the young man to continue reading.

Naidoo said she hoped it would inspire young people to take up the challenge to read more.

“Exclusive Book’s aim is to drive reading among children. We used to hold readings on a monthly basis in-store, but had to stop the event due to lack of interest and support from the public,” she said.

Naidoo said the box of books included a variety of themes from fiction to non-fiction and even included a book that deals with teenage social issues.

Daniel said he absolutely loves books.

“I just get lost in them. It’s better than what’s going on in the world right now and all the things that are distracting people my age. Books help me find my quiet place. I really don’t have to talk to anyone - I just have to read and I feel better.”

He is grateful to Exclusive Books for the donation and said he looked forward to starting the books.

“A thousand thank yous to everyone at Exclusive Books. Thank you for making this possible, it’s something I would never have even dreamt of.”

Jenny Rogers, marketing manager at Carter High, said that they were grateful for the acknowledgement from the store. “It’s great to see that children still pick up books and not immediately go to technology - this gives us hope for other children.”


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