Chelsea Lions Club Teddy Bear Program

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Photo and Story from the Mordialloc Chelsea Leader 20th July 2016

THERE was a teddy bears’ picnic at the Chelsea police station, as members of the Lions Club donated 25 fluffy friends to help officers earn the trust of distressed and traumatised children.

The Lions Club of Chelsea District raised the $250 needed to buy the special bears, and club secretary Mark Camm said he hoped the bears could bring a bit of happiness to children in need, as well as making the police’s job “a little bit easier”.

“Having the teddy bears gives police a wonderful way to win the trust of distressed children while working to defuse often volatile situations,” Mr Camm said.

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Photo from the Mordialloc News 20 July 2016

Senior Sergeant Paul Campbell said the bears would help with “breaking down the barriers” between the police and some of the more vulnerable members of the community.

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