Tara Anglican Girls School's ideas help children's hospital

FOR almost 30 years students at Tara Anglican School for Girls have thought of clever ways to raise money for The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

Their fun events, which range from a joke day to a teddy bears' picnic and bake stalls, have helped raise more than $48,000 for the hospital.

Students have also raised money for the hospital's largest annual fund-raiser, the Bandaged Bear Appeal, since it began in 1989.

With Bandaged Bear Day on March 27, hospital staff are encouraging people to host their own Bandaged Bear fund-raiser this month.

Students at Tara Anglican School for Girls said having a picnic, bringing your favourite teddy to school or work or donating a gold coin were all great ideas.

"You could bring your teddy to school and bandage it up," said Erin Shim, of year 6.

"You could also dress up as fake doctors or nurses."

Kiara Capolupo, 11, said an outdoor event would be fun.

"You could have a teddy bears' picnic or people could fill up a picture of a bandaged bear with gold coins," she said.

Jacinta Semaan, 11, said raising money for the appeal was important to help sick children.

"The Children's Hospital at Westmead is a very popular hospital and most of our relatives, siblings or somebody we know has been there," she said.

"I think it's important for people to take action or even ask your school or family members to hold their own fund-raiser for the children's hospital.

"The children's hospital isn't a boring place. It's bright. Our aim at Tara is to bring a smile to people's faces."

Funds raised will help treat sick children.

Donations go to areas of most need within the hospital, including research, new equipment and patient services.

■ Details: bandagedbear.org.au.

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