Bears for Bali orphans

Mundaring Christian College students Ewan Van de Nardort, Findlay Evans and Jacinta Baker with their teddies.
Mundaring Christian College students Ewan Van de Nardort, Findlay Evans and Jacinta Baker with their teddies.

Years 5 and 6 students at the school will send the bears to the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage in Denpasar.

Art teacher Melanie Phipps and artist-in-residence Emma Laurence initiated the project.

The pair provided the students with the opportunity to explore and develop their creative thinking skills through art and craft.

‘I wanted the kids to do something for other people and learn that there is value in serving and giving,’ Mrs Phipps said.

She recently visited Bali and was moved by ‘the great need’ among local children.

The bears travelled to Bali in the suitcases of two students and parents during the school holidays.

The orphanage was built as a tribute to Australian Bali bombing victim Jodie O’Shea.

Jodie loved dogs and ran her own mobile dog wash business in Sydney.

On previous visits to Bali, she had been concerned about neglect of the island’s canines and planned to join a charity to help save them.

It was the sort of thing she would do.

She once handed $100 to a homeless man.

The orphanage now houses 69 children, with the youngest just one year old.

For more information about the Jodie O’Shea Orphanage, go to careforkidsbali.com.