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A Sew-a-thon for Bobbi Bear

Posted by 3D-Outreach on 2 November 2007

Our first charity event went off as a great success. The Bobbi Bear Sew-A-Thon that took place at the Pavilion, Durban on 22 September 2007 from 9am-4pm attracted a large public response. From beginning to end the community came and helped out wherever there was something to be done. There was never a moment where we were wanting for extra hands.

The Sew-A-Thon was set up in an assembly line fashion where volunteers could sign up to sew A4 material drawstring bags which would then be filled with items needed practically and emotionally by abused or raped children. Such items include underwear for the children, as their underwear is taken away as evidence; a sanitary pad for children who might still be bleeding after the abuse; a notepad, pens and colouring pads for the children to pass the time waiting at Police Stations and Medical Examiners offices. At the Sew-A-Thon, Eureka Olivier and Jackie Branfield of Operation Bobbi Bear gave a demonstration of what types of items go into the bag and showed how they could be used as counselling tools. Shoppers at the Pavilion stopped just to hear the demonstration and see how they could help, and many stayed to sew for an hour or two. The Sew-A-Thon also gave Bobbi Bear Child Safety Officers an opportunity to create awareness about what they do and share information about the prevention of child rape as well as signs to recognize that a child is being abused and how to deal with the situation. As a result, they have been working non-stop since that event, having received 4 new cases on the day itself, and numerous phone calls in the days and weeks thereafter.

In that one the day, 3000 bags were sewn for Operation Bobbi Bear, boxes of donations were collected from stores in the Pavilion as well as passers-by, awareness was increased, and a great many people walked away knowing they had been a part of making a difference in the life of a child. The event was so rewarding that the major complaint for the day was that people wanted to sew for longer than their scheduled hour slots, but they had to give up their machines for the next person on the schedule. The atmosphere was jovial, prizes were handed out, music was played, and people had a great time serving together. And at the end of the day, they walked away knowing that their little bit made a big difference.

We would like to thank all the sponsors and participants for making the Sew-A-Thon a great success!

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