Columba Cottage staff, children, parents and friends were joined by St Columba Anglican School (SCAS) students and residents from Regis Aged Care Port Macquarie for the inaugural Teddy Bears Picnic to raise funds for the Stillbirth Foundation Australia, held in the sunshine on the front oval at St Columba Anglican School.

Chelsea from Columba Cottage with Jean from Regis Port Macquarie enjoying having their faces painted in the sun.

Stillbirth Foundation Australia provides research and education to prevent stillbirth in Australia. Every day six babies will die in their mother’s womb and be stillborn – a little-known and tragic health issue.

Regis Port Macquarie and Columba Cottage run a joint initiative called Across the Ages where children from Columba Cottage visit residents and participate in art classes, singing, percussion and other activities. Residents enjoyed catching up with their Columba Cottage friends at the picnic over freshly made scones from the School canteen.

Amber Bradshaw, Lifestyle Coordinator at Regis Port Macquarie and coordinator of Across the Ages mentioned that “the residents had an absolute ball!”

Children enjoyed picnicing with their teddy bears, which came in all shapes, sizes and colours. The teddy bears were then bandaged with advice given from our local Dial-A-Doctor representative, Rhys Macney who came dressed as a giant owl entertaining families and aged care residents alike.

Gold coin donations came close to $1,000, all of which Columba Cottage is proud to donate to Stillbirth Foundation Australia to help to reduce the incidence of stillbirth through research in Australia.

Amber Bradshaw, Lifestyle Coordinator from Regis Port Macquarie with Susanna Christie, Director of Columba Cottage Early Learning Centre