More than 1000 ted­dies for PA kids

Talk of the Town - - Front Page - LOUISE CARTER

IMAG­INE the smiles and happy faces of 1 180 chil­dren.

Next week imag­i­na­tion will be­come re­al­ity when Wilma Jur­gensen along­side Port Al­fred Child Wel­fare’s se­nior so­cial worker and man­ager Su­san Harty will de­liver 1 180 beau­ti­fully knit­ted teddy bears and toys to un­der­priv­i­leged pre-school chil­dren in the Port Al­fred, Ne­mato and Sta­tion Hill vicin­ity.

Harty has iden­ti­fied 1 150 chil­dren to be re­cip­i­ents of the toys, and the sur­plus will be given to the trauma cen­tre.

A toy or a teddy bear gives a child a sense of com­fort even when times are tough. Some of these chil­dren may go to bed hun­gry, some may have dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions have home, but ev­ery child needs a toy they can love and what they can call their own, said Jur­gensen.

The teddy bears were knit­ted by women of Port Al­fred or oth­ers who have strong ties to Port Al­fred and each toy cost less than R20 to make.

This year, Jur­gensen said her team ap­proached the Methodist Church, Angli­can Church, Cof­fee Club and Min­is­ter’s Fra­ter­nal but some­how news spread and peo­ple heard about it from ev­ery­where.

“I’m over­whelmed – 99% of peo­ple who did this, never knit­ted a toy in their life,” Jur­gensen said.

Ac­cord­ing to Jur­gensen, one lady in Set­tlers Park Re­tire­ment Vil­lage knit­ted 100 by her­self and an­other more than 80 bears.

A hum­bled Jur­gensen ex­pressed her grat­i­tude for all who took part in this project.

“The re­sponse is over­whelm­ing. This is not about me. This is about the women of Port Al­fred who took it to heart and went crazy,” she said.

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