Moyhu Lions Club Teddy Bear Program

Moyhu Bears

Detective Senior Constable Romina McEwan said teddy bears like those donated by the Moyhu Lions Club, presented by Past President Neil Jarrot, are treasured by the children that receive them

Story from the Wangaratta Chronicle 16 July 2014 Photo: Luke plummer

Plush teddy bears donted by the Lions Club of Moyhu to the Wangaratta police station this week, will be used to provide comfort to young children going through a traumatic experience.

Moyhu Lions Club member Neil Jarrott said the Club had embraced the Operation Bear Program, which uses money raised by the Clubs to purchase the friendly bears for the Victoria Police, courts, hospitals and other organisations dealing with children in distressing circumstances.

"We contacted the Wangaratta Police and found they were running out of bears, so we offered to bring some in and we plan to make it an ongoing project,.” he said.

Detective Senior Constable Romina McEwan from the sexual offence and child abuse investigation team said the donation was greatly appreciated and the bears would be available to all officers at the station who are dealing with children in crisis.

“The environment they find themselves in can be very daunting and this gives them something positive they can take away from it.”

“It’s good for the child to see the Teddy as theirs and a loyal friend, and after having given evidence about what can be horrific circumstances, it’s a really nice touch to be able to give them something they can go home with when they leave the station.”

“It’s a fantastic thing for the Lions Club to do, and it’s really important."

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