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Teddies help send comfort to Timor

TRIP FUNDS: Sponsor a trauma teddy and help Alta-1 education facilitator Rebecca Barclay and student Ashza Perry raise funds for an educational trip to East Timor.
TRIP FUNDS: Sponsor a trauma teddy and help Alta-1 education facilitator Rebecca Barclay and student Ashza Perry raise funds for an educational trip to East Timor. Paxton Roth

THESE little teddies are helping to comfort children both near and far.

Lovingly knitted by Destiny's Helping Hands, the trauma teddies are given to the Narangba Ambulance Station to provide some comfort to sick and injured kids.

The cuddly little toys can now be sponsored to help raise money for two Alta-1 students to travel to East Timor to help out at an organisation for young victims of sexual assault.

Destiny's Helping Hands co-ordinator and Alta-1 education facilitator Rebecca Barclay will be travelling with the students and said it's a life-changing opportunity for them.

"The organisation Casa Vida look after girls who have been victims of sexual abuse and some who have come out of the sex industry,” she said.

"There is a day care, café and business school which teach the young girls valuable skills.”

Casa Vida opened in 2008 and has welcomed 153 girl victims of abuse, including 45 young pregnant girls, through its doors.

The training programs aims to help young girls in crisis situations to become healthy, happy, well-adjusted, educated and skilled.

"It's an opportunity to give of yourself and also to show our students, who may not have the wealthiest of families, that we still live in one of the wealthiest country - there are people much less fortunate who are still so happy with what they have,” Mrs Barclay said.

The two students and Mrs Barclay will be travelling to East Timor with other students from Alta-1 in Western Australia for 10 days in July, at the cost of about $2000 each.

As many as 80 more sponsors are needed by May to get the two students over.

Once they have reached their goal, funds will start going towards another Alta-1 project to help some of the males students take part in the Kokoda trek.

Sponsorship is $20 per trauma teddy, if you'd like to help out contact Rebecca Barclay at rebecca.b@alta-1.qld.edu.au.


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