How to be a hero

October 10, 2011

Dear Max

You are fortunate enough some awesome stuffed bears and animals (and Shaun the sheep) to snuggle to, watch over you when you sleep, and keep you company in your cot. When I was younger, my “teddy bear” was my Pink Panther. I think I got it for my fifth birthday and it was my awesome companion, cute pink thing and comfort.

When I recently heard about the initiative by Reach for a Dream (a superb organisation that helps kids with terminal illnesses), my heart swelled. Reach for a Dream has a project called Show You Care, Send a Bear, whereby people can buy a teddy bear for R99, which then gets sent to a sick child in hospital, to ease them through anything from chemo to blood tests, to lonely nights and homesickness.

I bought a teddy bear today, and they are trying to get at least 1000 bears and distributed to sick children. This project touches me because somewhere a brave little fighter is in pain, and in need of a cool teddy to love.

Readers, please join me – simply go to for details, or buy a bear directly:

Name of account:
Reach For A Dream Foundation
First National Bank
Account number:
RMB Private Bank, Johannesburg
Type of account:
Current account
Branch code:
261 251
Name and Surname / L&L Bear

If you are a reader of this blog and do buy a bear, please let me know, and if you’d like, I’ll include your name on a special blog post at the end of the campaign. If you’re feeling extra generous, please send this post to your Facebook page, or Tweet it.

Thank you beary much,

Yours in teddy love,

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  • taniaroux

    what a fantastic idea! You might also want to know that Sally Cameron aka @pinkhairgirl got a bunch of us together to knit/crochet hats for kids with cancer. She is in the process of collecting them as we speak.
    (I blame her for my current crochet obsession :-))

    October 10, 2011 at 8:37 am Reply
  • nickistormdadic

    1 x teddy bear from the Dadic Family, paid! x

    October 10, 2011 at 10:59 am Reply
  • Gwen

    I love this Tanya! Will have a look at the website to see when the campaign ends – a bit cash-strapped at the moment x

    October 10, 2011 at 1:28 pm Reply
  • Fiona

    What an awesome initiative!

    October 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm Reply
  • colourgiggles

    I worked for Reach For A Dream for 4 years and there aren’t words big enough to tell you of the massive impact that a simple gesture such as giving a teddy bear to one of these children who are braver than many of us will ever ever be.

    Many of these kids are left in hospital to fight their illnesses on their own because their families can’t afford to visit more than once or twice a month. Having a teddy to cuddle can really be the difference between having a real companion or not…

    A teddy has been donated by Colour Giggles…. what is R100 compared to a child faced with a life-threatening illness.

    October 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Sam

    As an ex Reach for a Dream volunteer this initiative really hits close to home. Teddy bought from the Youngs.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm Reply
  • Bo

    I collected pink panthers when I was a little girl. I had 27 at one stage! I still have a few shoved away in the garage which I can’t give away. I called them my “pankies”. 🙂

    This is an awesome initiative! (hugs).

    X1 teddy from me
    X1 teddy from KK

    October 13, 2011 at 9:04 am Reply
  • ayabulela

    One teddy bought from Anita and Kamva 🙂

    October 13, 2011 at 9:26 am Reply
  • Anonymous

    Great idea! I’m in!

    October 13, 2011 at 9:51 am Reply
  • Taryne Jakobi

    I’m with Gwen, but will repost on FB . X x x x

    October 13, 2011 at 11:54 am Reply
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  • Lea White

    This is a fantastic idea. I don’t live in South Africa anymore, but my daughter once walked the child cancer journey. She was diagnosed with leukemia 2 weeks before turning 4 and endured 830 days of treatment. During that time she collected more than 1,300 Beads of Courage – each bead representing something that happened. Doing something like this will certainly brighten a child’s life!!!

    October 14, 2011 at 2:33 am Reply
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