36 Meet Lit­tle Big Shots’ pint-sized hero


New Idea - - Contents - By Jackie Brygel

Tas­ma­nia’s Camp­bell Remess is a truly re­mark­able young man.

While his friends are play­ing sport or glued to their favourite TV shows, the 13-year-old is mak­ing teddy bears for sick chil­dren ev­ery chance he gets.

And it’s far from a fleet­ing in­ter­est for the Year 7 stu­dent, who hit the Lit­tle Big Shots stage on Sun­day night.

Over the past three years, Camp­bell – who taught him­self to sew us­ing his mum’s sewing ma­chine – has made and given away more than 1000 teddy bears, some of which have been sent to chil­dren on the other side of the globe.

‘It was quite easy to teach my­self how to make the bears,’ Camp­bell tells New Idea.

‘I just looked at the ma­chine and the ped­als, and googled stuff. I love how each bear turns out and that they all have their own per­son­al­ity. I’ve also made hun­dreds of other presents, like blan­kets, pil­lows and toys.’

The Ho­bart-based hero, who is the third old­est of nine, has al­ways been a par­tic­u­larly car­ing child, ac­cord­ing to his mum Sonya Whittaker.

‘He’s al­ways had very strong pas­sions,’ she says. ‘If one of his sib­lings ever hurts them­selves, it up­sets him more. He re­ally feels other peo­ple’s pain and he’ll jump hur­dles to help them.’

Camp­bell, who works un­der the name Project 365, has also made bears for young vic­tims of ter­ror at­tacks, in­clud­ing those af­fected by the re­cent tragic events in Lon­don and Paris.

‘If I have lots of home­work at night, I do that first and then I go on to mak­ing the bears,’ says Camp­bell. ‘My friends think it’s pretty cool.’

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Sonya couldn’t be prouder.

‘Each bear he makes is dif­fer­ent and is given its own name, which is signed into its foot,’ she says.

‘It’s hard to ex­plain the im­pact the bears have on chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. I could never have imag­ined it. I’m just in awe like ev­ery­one else.’

Bella is a horse trick­ster at We­bers Cir­cus.

SUN­DAY, 7PM Camp­bell sat down with host Shane Ja­cob­son to talk about his char­i­ta­ble hobby!


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