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Tove Jansson: “Who will comfort Toffle”

2009. 1 July

( The Finnish Community continues its charity work by donating Tove Jansson's “Who will comfort Toffle” to children in the 512 earth-quake zone.

One of the Finnish children's book classics, Who will comfort Toffle (original title in Swedish: Vem skall trösta Knyttet?, in Finnish: Kuka lohduttaisi Nyyttiä?), by Tove Jansson and part of the famous Moomin series has been published in China. The Finnish charity school project is happy to announce that it has been able to facilitate two donations of this book to children in the area of the Wenchuan earthquake, “512”.

In the spring of 2009 Ms. Li Zhang and Ms. Danielle Varjosalmi, young students at the international school in Helsinki, Finland, learned that Who will comfort Toffle would soon be published in Chinese language. They decided to raise funds among their schoolmates to make a donation to children suffering in the aftermath of the devastating Wenchuan earthquake on May 12th 2008.

“This book is not just a book; it is very meaningful in that it gives spiritual support for the kids as well as it represents the Finnish culture and friendship very well in a way that it shows the enthusiasm and kind characteristics of Finns. It is the ‘Chicken soup of the soul’ for kids” wrote Ms. Zhang and Ms. Varjosalmi when contacting the Finnish Charity School Project. Now, some months later, 50 copies of the book are on their way to the children of Guy Yuan village in Sichuan – the construction site of the Finnish donated primary school to be opened in September.

“The initiative taken by these two students is exemplary in that it once again underlines the importance of taking a personal initiative to establish examples for others. These two students have with their work shown a way for others to help and thus created a snowball effect with results, most likely, beyond their initial intentions.” comments Mr. Oskar Helling, project manager of the Finnish Charity School Project.

Inspired by the initiative taken by the two students the Finnish World Expo 2010 organization – a strategic partner of the Finnish Charity School Project - has decided together with Stora Enso, one of the central sponsors of the project, to donate 1000 copies of the book to be distributed on a larger scale to children in Sichuan and China. Children who send the feed back card in the book to the publisher will receive a present from Santa Clause in Rovaneimi, Finland before Christmas 2009.

More information
In English, Finnish, Swedish:
Mr. Oskar Helling
e-mail: oskar(a)
telephone: +86 139 1861 0405
In English, Chinese:
Ms. Cindy Zhang
e-mail: cindy.zhang(a)
telephone: +86 139 1825 5418


The complete press release in pdf format can be downloaded from here