Sedgefield residents donated a pile of teddy bears for a teddy bears' picnic with the children of the Cherish Project.
SEDGEFIELD NEWS - When Reverend Ginny Viner of the Sedgefield Anglican Church and convener of the Cherish Project put out an appeal for ten teddy bears to join the children in the Cherish group on a teddy bears' picnic on Thursday, October 1, she was overwhelmed by the response from the Sedgefield community.
The Cherish Project, a Masithandane initiative in Smutsville, Sedgefield, identifies and assists children who have been victims of serious trauma in their young lives.
"This 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.
On Thursday, October 1, Viner wrote on a social media platform: "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."
She thanked 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," said Viner.
In closing she thanked the great team of ladies of the Cherish Project. "You are a blessing!"
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