The Teddy Bear Hospital returns for the Winter Check-up
The popular Teddy Bear Hospital is returning to Chadstone for its fourth year just in time for Teddys’ annual Winter Check-up.
The Teddy Bear Hospital aims to reduce childhood anxiety about a trip to the doctor or hospital, while giving medical and allied health students experience in communicating and engaging with younger patients and dealing with the unexpected. All funds raised go to the Good Friday Appeal.
The program will be staffed by more than 800 student volunteers from medical and allied health schools, where children can interact and learn through fun activities such as taking their teddies to Teddy Doctors, Teddy X-rays, Teddy ICU, Teddy Surgery, and Teddy Physiotherapy.
Last year the charity initiative saw over 2,000 children visit the Teddy Bear Hospital with medical and allied health student volunteers tending to the sniffles, coughs and colds of sick teddies, raising over $30,000.
Children can bring in their teddy for the Winter Check-up anytime between 10am and 5pm over the weekend, for a cost of $5 per child or $10 for a family admission which goes to the Good Friday Appeal.
Dates: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 August 2018
Times: 10am – 5pm daily (last entry 4.30pm)
Venue: Chadstone Shopping Centre (Lower Ground Level outside Adairs/David Jones)
Adopt a Teddy
You can also adopt a teddy at the Winter Check-up. A range of special Emergency Service teddy bears, koalas, and Victoria Police horse, will be available for purchase on the day. Numbers are limited so the lucky first will have the chance to get a special teddy of their own.
Thanks to the toy donations from:
- Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Service
- Metropolitan Fire Brigade
- Country Fire Association
- Victoria Police
- Australian Federal Police, and
- Royal Flying Doctor Service
All proceeds go to the Good Friday Appeal.