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Trauma Teddies: Vulnerable kids’ symbol of hope for three decades

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The Australian Red Cross has marked 30 years of delivering ‘trauma teddies’ to vulnerable kids and the elderly in hospitals and in the wake of natural disasters.

Prolific teddy-knitter Liz Cater has been volunteering her time and yarn to the program for at least seven years, and told Jim Wilson she couldn’t think of a better way to use her skills.

After the devastating 2013 bushfires, she delivered teddies to two boys whose home had been decimated.

“They were primary school aged, I thought ‘well they probably don’t want teddies, and think they’re too old for them’, but they were so keen!

“Five years later [they] still have them.”

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