Staff, parents, friends and students of University Senior College have collectively knitted 72 Trauma Teddies for the Red Cross charity. On Wednesday 15 November, a few members of our Trauma Teddy knitting community were treated to afternoon tea and presented with certificates of appreciation. Also attending were representatives from the South Australian Red Cross to personally thank our volunteers and to let them know how important these teddies are to the members of the community they help.
Across Australia tens of thousands of Trauma Teddies are given out each year to help reduce the suffering of people – mostly children – affected by fire, floods or other disasters.
Trauma Teddy was conceived in 1990 when Richard Hamilton, then superintendent of Campbelltown (NSW) ambulance service, saw a teddy bear given to a child being treated by the ambulance service in Camden. He was impressed by the calming effect the bear had on the child so, through his mother Vera Hamilton, he asked Red Cross to assist in providing more bears for children treated by the ambulance.
Red Cross swung into action and the Trauma Teddy was born. Norma Elder organised a suitable pattern, a team of knitters, some wool and stuffing – and production began. The rest is history.