It’s already more than two weeks since Telethon 2019 aired but did you know…six police teddy bears went under the hammer as part of Channel 7 Perth’s Telethon auction? There is something very special about the bears and the people involved.
Through a working partnership with Loop Upcycling, the bears were hand-made, and stuffed, stitched and dressed by three of Westcare’s very talented supported employees. Each bear has a unique outfit that signifies a different rank and was made from discarded WA Police Force clothing which would have otherwise been sent to landfill.
The girls involved had a surprise visit from three high ranking police officers and they were literally blown away with what the team had achieved. They even managed to make and present a unique Dockers bear to mad fan, Inspector Paul Newman.
Pictured L-R Inspector Jodie Pearson, Katy Marsh, Inspector Paul Newman, Vanessa Ha, A/Deputy Commissioner Murray Smalpage, Kelly Ashcroft
To top off that visit, the girls were then invited to be part of Telethon. Arriving late on Saturday night, the girls went behind the scenes and mingled with some of the stars but more importantly they were interviewed by Nathan Templeman, News and Sports presenter Channel Seven and appeared live air.
The girls were very confident under the spotlight and when asked by Nathan “how much do you think the bears will go for?” – there was a high expectation of getting $40m, but..they helped raise nearly $2,000 for the record breaking $42m in donations. Well done girls!