CareFlight bear special delivery sees sick children smile

Little patients in the Gold Coast University Hospital Children’s Ward have been given a new furry friend after a special delivery from RACQ CareFlight Rescue.

CareFlight’s mascot ‘Chief’ bear took time out from his ‘flying duties’ to meet patients in the ward and hand out CareFlight bears last week.

“It can be such a difficult time for children to be in hospital away from their families, so it was great to give them a little friend to share the journey,” CareFlight Contact Centre Manager Lucas Karchinsky said.

“We have our generous supporters to thank who buy CareFlight bears for our ‘Charity of the Month’ program which, we in turn, donate to another deserving charity.

“They’re helping two charities with one donation, RACQ CareFlight Rescue, and because the bears lend themselves to young people, a children’s charity.”

In the five years that CareFlight’s Charity of the Month initiative has been operating more than 10,000 bears have been donated to more than 100 worthy organisations.

“These have included children’s hospital wards, Brave Hearts, as well as flood and drought victims,” Mr Karchinsky said.

“That’s more than $500,000 worth of bears given to children in need.

“We are so very grateful to our supporters for their initial donation to the RACQ CareFlight helicopter rescue service and the gift they give these children.”

Last night Radio Lollipop, a local group of people who are part of an international program dedicated to cheering up children in hospital, received the bears.

CareFlight’s August Charity of the Month is Paradise Kids.

If you would like to donate a bear to a child, while helping RACQ CareFlight Rescue treat and transfer more than 1,400 patients a year, head to the website –