Teddy bears to cheer up hospitalised children

2015-06-23 06:00
Teddy bears wait patiently on the bench to meet their new friends in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital burns and breathing disorders ward.

Teddy bears wait patiently on the bench to meet their new friends in the Red Cross Children’s Hospital burns and breathing disorders ward.

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Being hospitalised has never been easy.

For most kids it is never a walk in the park as it deprives them of being kids because they don’t play as they should.

However many organisations are working tirelessly to make kids’ stay in hospital a bit better.

One such an organisation is the Rotary Club of Newlands. Earlier this month they handed over teddy bears to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

These teddy bears were donated to the burns and breathing disorder units at the hospital to give a smile to the children.

These are not just any teddy bears; they were lovingly knitted by volunteers in George and Cape Town and donated to the Candice Molzen Foundation.

The Candice Molzen Foundation was started in memory of Candice Molzen by her parents, Bridget and Nils. Candice (22) was tragically killed in a car accident in 2010. She was studying ECD Teaching at the University of Stellenbosch and always had a passion for young children.

At the time of her death she was funding a young child’s education from her savings.

Funds generated from the sales of these teddy bears are used to educate disadvantaged young children.

“It was a moving experience giving a teddy bear to each of the children who were either suffering from major burns or breathing difficulties, but also to see the amazing dedication and passion of the doctors and nursing staff,” Andy Ismay, a Rotarian, says.

When each burns’ unit patient is discharged they receive a present, which is often a teddy bear. This eases the anxiety of the child


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