Mon, November 27, 2017

This past semester, the Community Service group of students at Sheldon College have been busily preparing items to support people in the local community who are less fortunate than themselves.

Students in the group have sewn trauma bears that they are donating to the Redland Hospital to give to young children who are sick or injured and who may be traumatised about going into hospital. The students hope that, in some small way, they can brighten the day for a sick child and make their visit to hospital less traumatic. Other students in the group have also been knitting beanies for premature babies in hospital. Babies who are born early often feel the cold in their extremities, especially their heads.

In addition to helping people in hospitals, the students also made animal pouches suitable for carers to use when possums, wallabies and other native animals are injured or when they are orphaned because their mothers are killed. These pouches will be taken to IndigiScapes to issue to animal carers across the Redlands.

The student group has also been making Christmas cards for people in a local nursing home. Many elderly people in aged care homes don’t have family members visit and may not receive Christmas cards at this time of year. The students are hoping, therefore, that their days will be a little brighter by receiving these cards with messages from them. The students were told by a carer from one home who received their cards last year that the residents keep those cards in their drawers or on their side tables and read them often throughout the year.

Recently at a College weekly assembly the students thanked two special ladies for assisting them throughout the past year with their activities. They went on to acknowledge Joyce McGahey who visited the College each Friday to teach the students how to knit and to sew the trauma bears. She provided all the materials for the group to make the items and also guided them through to completion. The students were also grateful to Mrs Kim Hitchcock who also helped to make the items each Friday with the group.  

At the end of the presentation the trauma bears were presented to Dr Jagriti Nayak from the Redland Hospital, who addressed the College in a heartfelt speech of gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the staff and patients of the Hospital.