4thekidz Charitable Trust is bringing their Tedz Project to the Nelson area. The Tedz project provides new soft toys and/or comfort packs to children undergoing forensic examination. These teddy bears and comfort packs are made up of new items entirely donated by the local community and put together by local volunteers to be sent to forensic units and police stations within your area. They are then given to children after the forensic examination process to provide comfort from trauma or abuse.
The child does not know they will receive this pack and it is only offered to a child after the process has been completed. A child gets lost in this investigation process and to provide something to say that their community cares about them is extremely important especially when a child maybe uplifted from home at that time and when they are they are often uplifted from everything, so having something to comfort them is paramount.
Our comfort packs include a blanket to wrap around the child, a soft toy to hold, a torch for night time, a diary and pens to write down or draw your feelings or a colouring in book and crayons depending on the age of the child.
This project began in Tauranga with our lovely Suzy Brown then a year later we expanded to Taranaki, Whanganui and soon to be up and running in Auckland, Christchurch. We would like to see the Nelson area to be the next on our list so we are holding a public meeting on the 28th of February, 10 am at the Ecomoon, 120 Bridge Street, Nelson. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the project and get involved. We would love to see you there!