THE Lions Club of New Norfolk has donated another eight “trauma teddies” to the New Norfolk Ambulance Station and six to the New Norfolk Police Station. They travel in our local ambulances and police vehicles at the ready, to comfort anyone in distress.
Constable Mandy Ladson, who accepted the teddies on behalf of New Norfolk Police, was very appreciative of this timely donation. “I gave away the last one that we had, just the other day. It’s wonderful to have these teddies as they help to ease the distress that children are feel in often difficult situations,” Constable Ladson said.
Paramedics Nikki Rees and Kodie Wallbank, who accepted the teddies on behalf of the New Norfolk Ambulance, were equally appreciative. “Being able to cuddle one of these bears can make all the difference, especially when a child is stressed, frightened or ill,” the said.
Initially, Lions teddies were given to children who had experienced frightening situations such as illness, road accidents, flood, fire, home burglary or family violence. Over time, the bears have also been proving to be a hit with adults, especially seniors.
Since introducing this program to the New Norfolk area almost 5 years ago, the club has donated a total of 184 teddies and koalas to local emergency services. If other local organisations who work with children or the elderly in distress would like to be part of the New Norfolk Lions Club Teddy Bear program or would like to know more about the club, contact Greg Hudson on 0418 127 439 or Kerry Kievit on 0409 792 007.