By Debra Pinkerton, QCWA Mermaid Beach Publicity Officer
Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc in Queensland and northern NSW in late March. In the Tweed area, the local community was rocked by the tragic deaths of five people, including a mother and her two young children. Several QCWA Mermaid Beach members, affectionately nicknamed Southern Belles, quickly made arrangements with Jenny McKewn, Principal of Tumbulgum Public School and within 72 hours delivered trauma teddies to every child in the school. Needless to say there were lots of grateful tears and smiles as the Belles handed their gift to staff and students.
Our trauma teddies project has been a great success. In 2016, over 420 trauma teddies were donated to Gold Coast Private Hospital, while others were given to the University hospital and the Mermaid Beach Medical Centre Pathology Unit. Last December, we made a special trauma teddies Christmas delivery to Gold Coast Private Hospital which enabled Santa, escorted by Gold Coast reporter Nicole Rowles, to surprise and delight many young patients. But it’s not just the festive season when these dedicated knitters slip their purls. Apart from the Tumbulgum school gift this month, another 92 teddies were delivered to Gold Coast Hospital in March with a further 30 teddies in the process of being stitched together so the branch is well on its way to reaching its 2017 goal of 500 teddies.