Jessica McDonald and Ted are ready for the teddy bears’ picnic.
Jessica McDonald and Ted are ready for the teddy bears’ picnic. Blainey Woodham

Life is no picnic for lots of kids

EVERYONE loves a teddy bear's picnic.

But events like these are even more important for kids who have been abused or neglected.

Child Protection Week runs from September 1-9, focusing on raising awareness of child abuse and highlighting that a child's safety and wellbeing is the responsibility of everyone in the community.

Fourth-year social work student Jessica McDonald is doing an 18-week stint at the Tweed Shire Women's Service and is based at one of the service's refuges.

She is organising a teddy bears' picnic to give women and children who are escaping domestic violence a positive experi- ence that also showcases the service.

A free family fun day event will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 10am-12.30pm at Recreation Park in Recreation St, Tweed Heads.

Tickets must be pre booked and are available from Tweed Shire Women's Service 02 6672 4188 or The Family Centre on 07 5524 8711.



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