McDonald Park School in South Australia was recently featured in Mount Gambier’s local newspaper, The Border Watch, for its involvement with St Mary’s aged care facility, as part of the Better Buddies Framework.

When the school joined Better Buddies in 2011, the school’s counselor Michele Wichman received 50 purple Buddy Bears, however there were not enough teddies to go around, and this gave Michelle an idea.

“We asked St Mary’s aged care facility residents to help knit some teddies for the buddy pairs who missed out on receiving a Buddy Bear,” Michele said.

One resident, Elsie Bruhn, offered to help knit the teddies.2 - Knitting for Better Buddies

“The teddies are quite simple to knit,” Elsie said.

“I love doing it because I love children, and it also gives me something fun to do during the day,” she added.

Friends and relatives of Elsie and other residents at St Mary’s, along with members of the local Ascot Club, also put their hands up to help knit the teddies. Michele and the teachers were so pleased with the support of the community.

“Elsie has now knitted over 30 teddies and will continue to knit more,” Michele said.

“She has done a wonderful job and the children absolutely love them, we are so grateful for everyone’s support,” Michele added.

This is a lovely example of how students and teachers can extend the Better Buddies values, caring for others, friendliness, respect, valuing difference, including others and responsibility, into the wider community.

We thank Elsie, the residents of St Mary’s aged care facility and the members from the Ascot Club, for supporting the buddy pairs at McDonald Park School.

Picture: Elsie Bruhn and students from McDonald Park School are proud of their teddies.

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