If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure for a big surprise…
2018 will see the sixth year for the Townsville Hospital Foundation’s fundraiser, Wear- A-Bear Day. A fundraiser not just for the young and young at heart, but all businesses, schools, community groups and individuals are encouraged to purchase a set of Bandi Bear ears, host a morning tea or arrange a free dress day in order to raise funds that will remain 100% local.
Townsville Hospital Foundation General Manager Judy Higgins- Olsen recalls the joy of previous Wear-A-Bear Day campaigns, with something as little as a doctor or a nurse wearing Bandi Bear ears brightening up a patient’s day. “My first Wear-A Bear Day in 2016 was a day of absolute joy! Seeing people of all ages wearing our Bandi Bear ears across the hospital, at their workplaces, in schools and even in the shopping centres was incredibly heart-warming.”
A number of local businesses, schools and early learning centres have already registered to participate in and support this year’s campaign on Friday 19th October. GHD Townsville Engineering’s Sturt Street office will be abuzz on this date, with staff donning Bandi Bear ears for their workday, as well as hosting their own Morning Tea to raise additional funds for the Townsville Hospital Foundation. “Supporting local charities is something that our people here in Townsville are very passionate about. We’ve been a part of the Townsville region for more than 45 years and many of our people are long-term Townsville residents. It’s important for us to give back to the community and support charities such as the Townsville Hospital Foundation, that provide such a critical community service” stated Jose Foruria, Manager GHD North Queensland.
St Joseph’s Catholic School The Strand is also getting into the spirit by being the first local school registered for Wear-A-Bear Day 2018. They are supporting by having the Bear Ears available for students, teachers and parents to purchase and also are looking at selling cupcakes for a whole-school Morning Tea. “We are excited to continue our school’s history of supporting the Townsville Hospital Foundation again in 2018. I am looking forward to October 19th where I am sure we will see many people within our school community wearing their Bandi Bear ears to help raise vital funds,” Principal Tim Ham stated.
Individuals can also get involved by purchasing Bandi Bear Ears from The Townsville Hospital Foundation Gift Shop any time and wearing them on Friday 19th October. Bandi Bear soft toys are also available, with all proceeds going towards the 2018 Wear-A-Bear Day campaign.