Swansong for fundraising teddy

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Despite being relentlessly hunted down by Kiwis during the recent lockdown, the ever popular and beloved New Zealand Cancer Society teddy bear will not be at the forefront of fundraising efforts next year.

Beau is the name of this year’s teddy, the 17th in succession, and he will be the last offered by the society as a fundraiser during its annual Daffodil Day on August 27.

In Balclutha, South Otago Cancer Society co-ordinator Janine McCaughan said it would be areal shame when the much›loved bears did not appear next year.

“I have been collecting them for the past 17 years and it will be quite sad not seeing them again.

“Each year they were alternatively named either a boy or girl teddy. I have a Milly, Monty, Missy, Archie, Bella and many others. They are such a popular item and I think they will be missed,” Mrs McCaughan said.

The South Otago Cancer Society is looking for alternatives to the teddy bears because of cost. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE