Sedgefield residents donated a pile of teddy bears for a teddy bear picnic with the children of the Cherish Project.
SEDGEFIELD NEWS - The forgotten children of Sedgefield can look forward to a brighter 2016 with the likes of Reverend Ginny Viner, Sedgefield Anglican Church and convener of the Cherish Project looking after their interests.
This project, a Masithandane initiative in Smutsville, Sedgefield, identifies and helps children who have been victims of serious trauma in their young lives.
"The Cherish Project assists children in dealing with residual hurt and pain, coping with their current situations and being stronger and more able to move confidently into their future," explained Viner. Children in need of support join this group at the age of around seven years old and remain in the group for as long as necessary.
The volunteers involved in this project are hoping they will receive the same enthusiasm this year from Sedgefield residents as they did when they put out an appeal for 10 teddy bears to join the children in the Cherish Project group on a teddy bear picnic last year. At the time Viner said she was once again overwhelmed by the response from the Sedgefield community.
With great excitement the reverend wrote on a social media platform after the picnic: "Today's the day the teddy bears had their picnic, a new experience for the Cherish children. They were delighted with their bears and have given them wonderful names such as Michael Jackson, Lovey Bear, Thabo and Captain Morgan, to name a few. It seems that bears love cheese and popcorn. The picnic venue had to be moved closer to home as the park was flooded, but a good time was had by bears and boys and girls."
As per usual, Viner gave a heart-felt thanks to everybody who responded to her appeal for teddy bears. "Especially Joan Duff for donating her entire collection of bears and Jan Gibson for the gorgeous SA bear. Each bear is very special and has gone to a good home," Viner said at the time.
Viner also expressed her thanks to the great team of women of the Cherish Project and said, "You are a blessing!"
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