Otago Daily Times

Ted talk helps make medicine bear­able

- JOHN GIBB john.gibb@odt.co.nz Dunedin · Otago Region · University of Otago · Otago Polytechnic

A SUC­CESS­FUL Teddy Bear Hos­pi­tal event at Caris­brook School, Dunedin, at the week­end partly re­sulted from two com­mu­nity groups join­ing forces.

The South Dunedin Com­mu­nity Net­work — which had run the event alone last year — worked closely with the Caver­sham Com­mu­nity Group to or­gan­ise the hos­pi­tal for the sec­ond time, at the school in South Rd, Caver­sham, on Satur­day.

Net­work man­ager Robyn McLean said it was a ‘‘won­der­ful event de­signed to help chil­dren fa­mil­iarise them­selves with ser­vices they may re­ceive at the doc­tors or den­tist’’.

The gath­er­ing was also sup­ported by stu­dents from both the Univer­sity of Otago and Otago Poly­tech­nic.

Ms McLean said oral health, nurs­ing and phar­macy stu­dents had been given the chance to prac­tise work­ing with chil­dren.

The event also in­cluded a free sausage siz­zle and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Caver­sham group mem­ber Tony Culling said the group was happy to help with the event and its as­so­ci­ated com­mu­nity­build­ing work.

‘‘It’s just nice to work to­gether,’’ he said.

The school was a polling place for the gen­eral elec­tion. The com­mu­nity net­work also of­fered South Dunedin res­i­dents a chance to vote in­for­mally for pre­ferred pri­or­i­ties for com­mu­nity build­ing projects in the area.

Dr An­gela Clark, of the Univer­sity of Otago School of Den­tistry, said it had been a ‘‘just re­ally fun event’’, and good for par­tic­i­pat­ing ter­tiary stu­dents as well as for her daugh­ter San­tia Throp, whose teddy bear had been ex­ten­sively ban­daged.

 ?? PHOTO: PETER MCIN­TOSH ?? Bear­ing up . . . San­tia Throp (3) hap­pily holds aloft her ban­daged bear af­ter go­ing to the Teddy Bear Hos­pi­tal in Dunedin on Satur­day.
PHOTO: PETER MCIN­TOSH Bear­ing up . . . San­tia Throp (3) hap­pily holds aloft her ban­daged bear af­ter go­ing to the Teddy Bear Hos­pi­tal in Dunedin on Satur­day.

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