About Ted-E-Bear Connection
We have introduced a very special program that brings smiles to the faces of young children affected by epilepsy, along with vital support and information for their families. It all began with our most-loved program from 2012……
“Once upon a time, brother and sister Ted-E-Bears Elly and Elliot started travelling around Australia, visiting families and kids with epilepsy, bringing lots of cuddles and smiles to their many friends! You see, the bears’ cousin Emily has epilepsy and they just love playing with her, and had learned just what to do if she needed help.”
These two cuddly bears travelled around Australia visiting kids with epilepsy for one week before heading off to the next family. They came with their very own ‘bear book’ so that the parents and child(ren) could write about their adventures together. From the photos and stories we read in the ‘bear book’ we could see that the bears gave much enjoyment and comfort, sometimes to kids going through really tough times. Elly or Elliot gave children something special to cuddle, especially when they had medical appointments or a stay in hospital.
So, the story goes on……….
“When Elly and Elliot went back home to their Ted-E-Bear Village, they told everyone about the things they did and how much fun they had meeting new friends. Now all the other Ted-E-Bears want to go out to live with children with epilepsy and join their family!”
So popular are the travelling Ted-E-Bears that we are in the process of extending the program to offer a permanent bear, each with a unique name, to be "adopted" by a special child and remain with them forever. Our vision is that we can provide a Ted-E-Bear to any child whose life is touched by epilepsy – sometimes this will be a child who is newly diagnosed and other times it will be for a small child who has a parent with epilepsy.
If you would to request a Ted-E-Bear, simply complete the request form available below at "Request A Bear Here". Please note that the Ted-E-Bears are for children who are 8 years or younger.
About Elly Bear
I am 4 years old (in bear years) and my name is Elly (short for Elloise). I love visiting all different places around Australia and meeting new children. My favourite colour is purple and I love to dance, especially with my cousin Emily. My big brother is Elliot and he likes to travel around too.
About Elliot Bear
I am 6 years old and my name is Elliot, I have a little sister called Elly and we both like to visit families in all different places around Australia. We have a cousin Emily who has epilepsy. I like learning, especially about epilepsy. Did you know there are over 40 different types of seizures?! My favourite thing to do is play outdoors.
Elly and Elliott would love all their friends to help celebrate Christmas by colouring in their festive pictures. We would love to see some colourful pics posted on the Elly & Elliott Facebook page!
For older kids, help Elly and Elliott decorate their tree! Can you see who is peeking out from behind the present? It's Emily!