Recently, TASCS Australia had the pleasure of completing the delivery of teddy bears to children being treated for thalassaemia or sickle cell at Monash Therapy Unit and Royal Children’s Hospital. This pleasant project began with the teddy bear drive at the 40th Anniversary Gala, with the Society and donors contributing money towards the purchase of teddy bears for the children or to donate teddy bears.
The Society hopes that in future, we can extend this offering to other hospitals where there are other children being treated for thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia. The Society also intends to organise other toy runs as well as some recreational activities to bring a smile to the childrens’ faces, as they endure the ongoing struggle with haemoglobinopathies. (Nevertheless, the Society would like to and intends to extend the “smile program” to adult patients as well).
Our Society would like to extend a special thanks to Miss Thian Ng, our office administrator for organising and delivering the teddy bears, and a big thank you to Dr Anthea Greenway at Royal Children’s Hospital and Carolyn Greely at Monash Therapy Unit, for assisting in the distribution of the teddy bears.