Rochester LEO Club Teddy Bear Program

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Rochester Leo Club’s ex-President Monique Keech and President Tekyra Shead with  ambulance community officer Lindsey Macague, REDHS nurse Sheridan Townrow (back) and work replacement nurse
Maddy Vick with Lions Teddy Bears.

Story from the Campaspe News July 29 2015

They can’t bear to see upset kids

The program is run by the Victorian Lions and aims to supply emergency and health services with Lions international teddy bears for young children experiencing times of stress and crisis.

Rochester Ambulance community officer Lindsey Macague said they use the teddies for children who may have been the victims of crime, injured in an accident or have been in a traumatic situation and looking for comfort.

‘‘The brave bear/trauma bear helps take the focus away from the pain or issue and allows them to relax,’’ she said.

REDHS clinical services director Mark Nally said the hospital has a strong relationship with the Rochester Lions and Leos.

‘‘Together we work to help people around the community who are in need of assistance, this program in particular is an important part of our relationship as it allows us to give children a brave bear when they are in hospital,’’ he said.

The Rochester Lions and Leos are always looking for new members and are happy to accept donations towards their charity work.

For details contact Bruce Major on 5484 1652 or Sue Wilkins on 0407 041 508

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