Trauma Teddies helping knit community together
SPECIAL teddies given to children and adults during traumatic times are in need of someone to help bear them an expression.
Trauma Teddies, knitted by volunteers, and instantly recognised nationally, first started in 1990 by the Australian Red Cross.
The Maryborough branch members and volunteers have been knitting and donating the teddies since 2002.
Trauma Teddy convenor Laurell Whittaker she has only been knitting them for about 18 months.
"I have been a Red Cross member for five years and have just taken over being the organisations convenor last August.
"We would like volunteers to help us knit the patterns for the teddies, then we can, or the volunteers can choose to, stuff and sew them up and sew on their faces.
"We are a small branch - we haven't got many members and there is not a lot of people who knit.
"You could work from home or form a group."
Laurell said the Maryborough branch alone had distributed more than 4500 since they started.
"I was talking to a pathology worker in the Bay hospital and she said the kids who have cancer treatment, having regular blood test, they give them a Trauma Teddy," Laurell said.
"They use a lot at the pathology and day surgeries - we try to distribute them wherever we can.
"One little girl has a room full of them - and not one of them is the same and she has a name for every one of them.
"And this is true no one teddy is the same - all bearing a different expression.
"You can never get two the same."
You do not have to be a member of the Red Cross to volunteer.
Trauma Teddies are made from donated wool.
"They are quick and very easy to make from a standard pattern supplied by Australian Red Cross," Laurell said.
"I can knit one in two nights watching tv - it's the sewing up and putting the faces that takes the time.
"It's great to give back to the community - the kids love them."
For more information or to get a Trauma Teddy pattern phone Laurell Whittaker on 4123 1288.
YOU CAN HELP BY:
Knitting and finishing teddies; knitting only; sewing up teddies and doing their faces; donating 8-ply wool or filling.