30,000!!

With the COVID-19 pandemic, we started to worry our supplies would never get here on time and we would have to put the programme on hold. Happily, everything worked out and the container arrived – only weeks before we would have run out but still in time. 30,000 teddies given away to date.

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Off to Samoa

The first case of measles in Samoa was reported on 30 September 2019 and the disease quickly spread and in November 2019, the Government of Samoa declared a national emergency due to the rising death toll and the spread of the disease. With a lot more help from Fliway International and especially their team in […]

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Truly National

With a lot of help from the Freemasons of the District Grand Lodge of the South Island, we have now managed to distribute teddy bears to every hospital in the South Island and all the rural First Responder units as well. Trekking round the South Island to deliver the teddies was a great reminder of […]

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Pilot Site

Before the programme was launched, a pilot site was needed to test the programme and where better for the very first site than Gisborne, the first hospital in New Zealand to see the sun. Children were gifted teddies and the response was enormous.

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