City Mission receive 163 teddy bears from Launceston Grammar

BEARS:  City Mission CEO Stephen Brown, Tabitha Bailey, Inside Out 4 Kids director Teenette Van Dyk, and Lincoln Stafford-Hill pose with the mound of 163 donated plush toys. Picture: Xavier Rawlings.
BEARS: City Mission CEO Stephen Brown, Tabitha Bailey, Inside Out 4 Kids director Teenette Van Dyk, and Lincoln Stafford-Hill pose with the mound of 163 donated plush toys. Picture: Xavier Rawlings.

Paddington Bear author Michael Bond best sums up the value of a good teddy bear: “There's something about a bear - you feel you can tell it your secrets and it won't give them away”.

Launceston Church Grammar School pupils certainly know the value, donating 163 teddies of all shapes and sizes to City Mission as part of the Inside Out 4 Kids program.

The charity’s harm prevention program, aims to provide support services for children who are grieving or dealing with a major transition in their young lives.  

Each child receives their own teddy to provide a little bit of comfort throughout a challenging period of time. 

City Mission runs the Inside Out 4 Kids program with schools throughout Launceston.

Participants of the program meet up in small groups with a trained facilitator on a weekly basis, and work on improving their resilience skills.

City Mission chief executive Stephen Brown, and Inside Out 4 Kids director Teenette van Dyke attended the event to collect the plush toys from the pupils.

“It was great to see the children were donating bears they owned themselves, and really understanding the message about giving,” Mr Brown said.

“A lot of the children [in the program] don’t have teddy bears, and in a time of stress they’re of comfort to them.”