Knitting for kindness: Trauma Teddies

Over 1 million children have cuddled a colourful, comforting Trauma Teddy since we first started hand-knitting them back in 1990.

Trauma Teddies provide care in so many ways:

  • comfort to children fleeing bushfires, floods and other emergencies
  • a warm welcome to refugee children
  • company in a speeding ambulance
  • friendly security in hospital
  • a happy face in a lonely time.
A teddy bears' picnic with Red Cross Ambassador Kate Ritchie.

At last count, more than 600 volunteer knitters and knitting groups hand knit Teddies in Australia. They lovingly craft around 50,000 Trauma Teddies a year. That’s a huge number of children who each year receive the care of a teddy bear.

It takes about 5 hours to knit and finish each Teddy. By our calculations, that's a whopping 250,000 volunteer knitting hours each year – or a mind-blowing 7.5 million volunteer hours over the past 30 years.

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Every Trauma Teddy is lovingly put together. They must also pass a quality control test to guarantee comfort and safety.

For more information or to locate your local Trauma Teddy coordinator contact us.

Trauma Teddy pattern

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Contact us to find out how you can start knitting, join a group or receive Trauma Teddies.

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