Harcourts donates to Bobbi Bear

2017-02-08 06:02
Handing over the cheque to Eureka Olivier from Bobbi Bear are Harcourts Sapphire Coast’s Michelle Dunnett and Gary Dunnett. Photo: TANIA SANBERG

Handing over the cheque to Eureka Olivier from Bobbi Bear are Harcourts Sapphire Coast’s Michelle Dunnett and Gary Dunnett. Photo: TANIA SANBERG

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HARCOURTS Sapphire Coast in Amanzimtoti donated R30 000 to Operation Bobbi Bear in Doonside.

Bobbi Bear’s mission is to rescue, represent and reintegrate raped and sexually abused children, to minimise their risk of HIV/Aids, and to help them towards wholeness.

The bear is a very effective tool that is used when trying to get a child to explain their ordeal.

Often a child is unable to verbalise their traumatic experience and they are then encouraged to draw on the bear to indicate what happened to them. These bears are often used as court evidence.

As part of the child’s therapy a new bear is given to the child who then disposes of the old Bear and embraces a new fresh start.

The money will be used to buy 200 bears which they expect to last the organisation from January to June, said Harcourts Sapphire Coast principal Michelle Dunnett.

According to Richard Gray, CEO of Harcourts South Africa, the Harcourts Foundation was launched on the back of an overwhelming response from its members wanting to make a difference in their communities.

“Through ongoing fund-raising, sponsorships and voluntary commission contributions by agents, our group has raised more than R2,8 million for the foundation.

“By assisting the Bobbi Bear Foundation, which does so much for so many with so little, we’re upholding the Harcourts Foundation’s commitment to providing support to help, grow and enrich our communities.”

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