The popularity of Archie, the aviation rescue firefighting (ARFF) trauma teddy, has resulted in a donation of $2150 to the Fiona Wood Foundation to support vital burns research.
Archie, one of several teddies used by emergency services organisations to comfort children directly or indirectly affected by incidents, came to life for ARFF in late 2013.
At the fire stations, he has supported operational work, particularly our fire fighters’ response work in and round the terminals. Archie was also sold to staff families and friends over the past three years.
Ten dollars from each staff sale was set aside for the charity and a total of $2150 has been raised from Archie sales.
Perth Leading Fire Fighter Brett Jones visited the Fiona Stanley Hospital and presented Archie to Fiona, see photo below.
Former Melbourne aviation fire fighter, Sam Speirs, now with the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, suggested Archie as a valuable tool and nominated the foundation to benefit. He won enthusiastic support from now retired ARFF Regional Manager Charlie Barnard. EGM ARFFS Michelle Bennetts has also taken Archie around the world on her many fundraising adventures.
Archie’s creation and work is a wonderful story. Thank you to Sam Spiers whose idea it was, Vicki Huggins and all involved in this fantastic initiative.
Everyone will be pleased to know that my daughter Penny, is now the proud owner of Archie, see below.
Photos above: Brett Jones presenting Fiona with Archie Bear; Archie's new home with Penny