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By NewsGram Staff Writer 

Sydney: Sonia Singh, an Australian-Indian woman, who takes up forgotten and discarded dolls and upcycles them into something new, has won a US award for inspiring people worldwide to restyle their old toys, a media report said.

Hailing from Tasmania’s capital Hobart, Singh beat 52 other finalists to win the Etsy Design Award for her project ‘Tree Change Dolls’, the Herald Sun reported on Wednesday. The finalists had been selected by a panel of Etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade goods.

Singh started the doll project at the beginning of this year after losing her job as a science communicator.

“My sisters and I grew up playing with second-hand dolls and home-made toys in the beautiful Tasmanian natural environment. I love the satisfaction of repairing and re-using discarded items to give them a new lease on life,” Singh said.

Her effort has received an overwhelming support from across the world and the Tree Change Dolls Facebook page has now more than 440,000 fans.

Each month, Singh auctions off one hand-crafted doll for charity and has even started selling downloadable knitting patterns for the dolls. She makes about 20 dolls a month and “they always sell so quickly”.

Singh will visit the Etsy headquarters in Brooklyn.

You can check out her online shop here: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/treechangedolls

(With inputs from IANS)

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Deepika Padukone Receives Award for Raising Mental Health Awareness

On the work front, Deepika will be soon seen in the Meghna Gulzar-directed "Chhapaak"

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Apart from Deepika, artist Theaster Gates and choreographer Jin Xing have also been felicitated with the Annual Crystal Award. Wikimedia Commons

Actress Deepika Padukone has been honoured by the 26th Annual Crystal Award for raising mental health awareness. She is the only Indian actress to featured in Davos 2020 winners list.

Honoured to receive the award, Deepika said: “With more than 300 million people suffering with the illness, depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability in the world today and a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.

“It is therefore increasingly clear that, now more than ever before, we need to aggressively address what is an invisible and overlooked health and social burden.I am humbled and deeply honoured to be chosen for this year’s Crystal Award and dedicate the award to the millions around the world who experience stress, anxiety and depression, and other forms of mental illness.”

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Actress Deepika Padukone has been honoured by the 26th Annual Crystal Award for raising mental health awareness. She is the only Indian actress to featured in Davos 2020 winners list. Wikimedia Commons

On the work front, Deepika will be soon seen in the Meghna Gulzar-directed “Chhapaak”. The film os co-produced by Deepika and Meghna, and is based on the life of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. She also features in Kabir Khan’s “’83” as cricketer Kapil Dev’s wife Romi Dev.

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Apart from Deepika, artist Theaster Gates and choreographer Jin Xing have also been felicitated with the Annual Crystal Award. (IANS)