Local seniors win State award

WOOLGOOLGA’S Hope Bears Charity has been recognised with an award presented by NSW Minister for Ageing Paul Lynch.

Paying tribute to the dedication of seniors statewide, the Minister nominated more than 60 seniors and seniors’ organisations at the NSW Seniors Week 2010 Achievement Awards in Sydney.

Hope Bears Charity has been running for eight years and was set up to care for cancer patients of all ages.

The charity’s many volunteers knit or crochet items called ‘gifts of hope’ which are given to patients at Ronald McDonald House, a variety of hospitals, their emergency departments, police stations and ambulance stations.

Hope Bears Charity now operates in four States across Australia, has 19 branches in NSW, one branch in Victoria and one branch in Queensland.

The group is currently looking for more volunteers.

“It is very rewarding to know these cancer patients appreciate the caring and kind thoughts placed into your items knitted or crocheted for them,” said spokesperson Frances Robinson.

“The gifts of hope, given free, show that someone cares, although we don’t know them.”

Frances is looking for more people to help knit knee rugs, chemo caps, scarves, socks, knitted toys and the signature Hope Bear which is a knitted teddy with hope written on its chest.

She is asking for more people to become involved so more cancer patients can have the lovely gift of a hope bear and all the kind thoughts that go with it.

For more information contact Frances on 6654 8420 or hopebears@ceinternet.com.au.

For information about Seniors Week events, visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au or pick-up a program at registered NSW Clubs.



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