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Give a teddy and make a child happy

A teddy bear has a calming effect on a child, studies show. It's like a plaster, it doesn’t cure it just softens the blow. This is the motto of the organisers of the Teddy Run, which will take place in September.

It is in aid of abused children and will take place at Carnival City on September 7 from 8am.

The event has been happening for the past six years in Witbank, Mpumalanga, and grows each year.

“This year we are bringing the Teddy Run to Gauteng and by 2014 we will have a Teddy Run in each province around the country,” says Andries Ferreira, one of the organisers of the event.

“Statistics show that children that have been abused in South Africa from January 2012 to December 2012 can fill Loftus Versfeld Stadium two and half times.

“More than 500 new cases of child abuse occur per day in South Africa. These are very scary figures,” he emphasises.

The Teddy Run is a family event and the entrance cost is a Teddy bear. The event will be attended by numerous bikers clubs and will bring you live entertainment, a car and bike show, a children’s fun park, food stalls, flea market and much more.

“Some of the Teddies collected will be given to specialised units of the police that pick up abused kids and question them. The only thing this child can hang onto is that Teddy,” says Andries.

The rest of the bears collected get distributed to facilities that treat abused children such as psychological and medical homes for abused children and rehab centres for children.

“Stand up and say no against child abuse and come and support us by visiting the event with your family and bringing a Teddy bear,” says Andries.


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  1. Is dit ‘n club vir bikers, ek het van julle gehoor op RSG Vrydag 30/05/2014 stel belang want ak glo kinder mishandeling is die hele land vol.

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