KNITTING teddy bears for tsunami orphans are Banora Point women Megan and Pat Thacker.
KNITTING teddy bears for tsunami orphans are Banora Point women Megan and Pat Thacker.

Tsunami bears for the kids



EVER since south-east Asia's devastating tsunami, Megan Thacker has come to know the click clack of knitting needles very well.

The Banora Point mother teamed up with her mum Pat after the tragedy to knit and sew teddy bears for children orphaned by the disaster.

And with around 40,000 young orphans to help, the pair have quickly become masters of the needles.

"We weren't able to help out financially so we saw this as a way of making a difference," said Megan.

"For children who don't have mothers or fathers, sometimes a teddy can be the next best thing. They can be very comforting and become almost like a friend. They're always special - I still have mine from when I was a child."

With the help of friends, the pair have knitted 170 teddies and do not plan on slowing down.

"Initially I wanted to get 20 done before the shipment left from the Tweed Heads Bowls Club. In the week I had we managed to do 85," said Megan.

"We're still going. If we get to 40,000 I'll be wrapped."

Megan said community interest had seen them expand into taking donations of bears and putting together shoe boxes of toys.

Anyone wanting to get involved can contact the Tweed Heads Bowls Club on 5536 3800.



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