A toy bear drive for kids with cancer

A toy bear drive for kids with cancer

You get two chances to make a meaningful difference when you take part in The Kids’ Cancer Project Toy Bear Drive.

You get two chances to make a meaningful difference when you take part in The Kids’ Cancer Project Toy Bear Drive.

Not only will children in hospital receive a new cuddly friend so they’re not alone or afraid during treatment but proceeds of your donation go toward medical research to discover cures for childhood cancer.

 

What is a Toy Bear Drive?

You can raise funds that will purchase a truck load of The Kids' Cancer Project teddy bears and soft toys that will be delivered to sick children in hospital.

The Kids' Cancer Project Bear Program was established in 2009 and is the safest way to donate toys to comfort children at a time when they're feeling afraid or alone.

You raise the funds and we'll deliver the bears.

There are 70 participating hospitals all around Australia. Choose to nominate a hospital in your local area, or bears can be sent to where they are needed most.

But the greatest impact of The Kids' Cancer Project Toy Bear Drive is that proceeds of your cuddly donations go toward funding vital medical research to discover cures for many different types of childhood cancer.

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Start fundraising today and see how many bears you can donate! You can even get your work colleagues, sports team or social club involved.

Simply set up your fundraising page and share the link - you'll be amazed by the support of your friends and family.


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Hospital can be a scary time for children, but you can give them a cuddly friend so they never feel alone or afraid during treatment. Choose from our range of soft toys and teddies including Sammy Superhero Bear, Olivia Fairy Bear, Orlando Pirate and more. Each one sits 31cm high and is suitable for children 3 and up.

Every dollar counts when it comes to giving children in hospital the comfort of a cuddly new teddy bear and kids with cancer the chance to survive and thrive!

Jayne's Toy Bear Drive

In February 2020, 38-year-old Jayne was diagnosed with breast cancer.

With few people knowing, she endured months of chemotherapy, surgery, and weeks of radiation treatment. And then she had to have hard conversations with her three children.

But one of her regular emails from The Kids’ Cancer Project gave her a new perspective.

“It rammed home for me the reality kids with cancer face,” says Jayne. “And made me realise I really want to do something about it.”

“I have always said I wanted to contribute to community in a meaningful way, and I won’t waste any more time planning for ‘one day’. That one day is now.”


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Don't send flowers

Jayne set up The Kids’ Cancer Project Toy Bear Drive fundraising page and told her family and friends not to send her flowers, or cards, or a ‘thoughts and prayers’ social media message – but to give a gift that would have long-lasting and far reaching impact. The donations flooded in.


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At first Jayne set her fundraising target at $1,100 which would equal 20 bears thinking the round number would be a real stretch. To her surprise, that goal had to be increased by thousands every couple of days with the overwhelming support she received.

“I'm going to give $8,250 a red hot crack," Jayne says. "150 bears is a nice round number!” 

“The best bit about a bear drive is it allows people who love the idea but can’t afford a whole bear of their own to make a difference.”

“It only takes six people contributing $10 each to bring some brightness to one child and their family,” said Jayne.

Every dollar counts and helps give kids with cancer the opportunity to survive and thrive!

“I’m so happy that my family and friends helped me make something good come out of this year.”


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