Today is quite historical for the Surgical Research Trust and phil&teds – the Wellington Phoenix are here supporting both, by delivering the 5000th phil&teddy bear!
People are often curious about our support of the Surgical Research Trust, but we love the dual benefit of assistance for the child undergoing surgery and financial support for education & research. It’s innovative, it’s a New Zealand way of doing things, and has broad appeal – all qualities that we love. Sure: we’re a business, but we’re real people trying to do real things. Surgery’s an incredibly emotional experience for both the child patient & the family.
phil&teds’ phil&thropic Programme Leader, Nicola Cloherty, read one of the Trust’s case studies & connected instantly: “When I read Julia’s case I couldn’t believe it! I was about six months old when I was diagnosed with Hirschsprung disease (a developmental disorder of the enteric nervous system). I was lucky that it has not affected me in later life; some cases can be so much more extreme. It’s such a rare condition and is four times more common in males than in females, and occurs in about 1 in 5,000 births. Without amazing surgeons, accompanied by research into treatment, life could have been so different – I still have the care bear from my time in hospital. That’s why supporting the SRT, and their amazing work, is incredible to be a part of, personally, alongside an organisation that supports their work.”
As part of a sponsorship agreement with the Surgical Research Trust, a phil&teddy friend is given to each child undergoing surgery, to help to put a smile on their face as well as providing a friend to comfort them during a scary time. phil&teddy is there to make the childs’ recovery just that little bit more “bear-able”. We’re so rapt that today we’ll give out the 5000th bear; not only that but we’re supported by Wellington’s favourite football team: Wellington Phoenix!