BEARY GOOD FUN: Kai Heironymous (centre) is a picture of concentration during the sack races at the Mater Centenary Teddy Bears Picnic. Contributed
BEARY GOOD FUN: Kai Heironymous (centre) is a picture of concentration during the sack races at the Mater Centenary Teddy Bears Picnic. Contributed Contributed

YOUR STORY: Teddy bear fun part of Mater Hospital centenary

SQUEALS of laughter and delight filled the air at the Botanic Gardens on Sunday, May 31, at the Rockhampton Mater Hospital's Centenary Teddy Bears Picnic.

Hundreds of local families of all ages brought along chairs, picnic blankets and their teddy bears to the event, conducted by the staff of the Mater Hospital.

Children were entertained by local artists, musicians, Big Ted, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, whilst families enjoyed cups of tea and coffee, burgers and other snacks.

Children came dressed as cowboys and Indians and really got into the spirit of the day.

One of the most popular attractions was the Teddy Bear Hospital, where volunteers in nurses and doctors' uniforms, tended to the ailments of many a teddy bear.

Other activities included face painting, a bear hunt, an inflatable sports stadium thanks to Kindysport, balloon sculpting by Curly Lou, and sack and egg and spoon races.

The day was staged by the staff of the Rockhampton Mater, with the committee headed up by Dorothy Wilson delighted with the large number of families in attendance.

Funds raised from the day will go towards new equipment and initiatives to support mothers receiving care at the Mater.

"We are thrilled at the large number of families from grandmothers through to newborns that shared in the activities and fun on offer," Dorothy said.

"The Teddy Bears Picnic is an annual event on the hospital's calendar, and was a great start to a number of events planned to celebrate the Mater's centenary."

For more details about forthcoming centenary celebrations, visit the Mater Centenary website: http://www.mater100.com.au.



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