Flo Borchers of the Friends of Child Protection (FCP) visited the Frail Care Centre at Kidbrooke last week, where the residents, carers, nursing staff, their friends and family members, handed over the large collection of colourful teddy bears they had knitted for FCP’s Teddies on a Mission drive.

Standing behind the knitted teddies are Sister Nelia de Kock, Tuysstella Steneveldt (carer), Madré Fuller (carer), Katriena Jimmies (household supervisor), Shaney Marais (carer) and Sister Ina Gericke. PHOTO: Hedda Mittner

FCP was founded as a charity in 2002 by a group of Cape Town women shocked by the incidence of violent crimes against children and the plight of the understaffed child protection units, whose members are specially trained to investigate these crimes of child trauma. Under the leadership of Flo’s daughter, Kerrin Marcon, the FCP began supporting all agencies within the child protection system.

Together these women have created many thousands of Comfort Packs for abused and traumatised children – shopping for items, packing and delivering them to the newly-established detective units called Family Violence, Child Protection & Sexual Offences (FCS) units, to hospitals and day hospitals.

The Teddies on a Mission drive, of which Flo is the chairperson, aims to provide each child with a teddy bear that has been lovingly sewed or knitted to bring comfort to these vulnerable children. Flo said they require about 1 000 teddies every 60 days and she was more than grateful for the bounty she received from Kidbrooke. Anyone who would like to support this initiative can contact Anneke van der Vliet on 082 923 9799.

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