Corpus Christi College students spread Xmas cheer to St John of God Murdoch Hospital patients


Corpus Christi College students handed out teddy bears at SJOG Murdoch earlier this month.
Corpus Christi College students handed out teddy bears at SJOG Murdoch earlier this month.

CORPUS Christi College students spread Christmas cheer throughout St John of God Murdoch Hospital as they handed out handmade teddy bears to unwell children earlier this month.

Paediatric ward manager Wendy Singleton said the bears were a welcome gift for many children who find being in hospital a daunting experience.

“Children coming into hospital are often nervous and need assurance that everything will be fine or some distractions from their treatment,” Ms Singleton said.

“It is a lovely thought that children are giving to other children in their time of vulnerability and need.”

Corpus Christi’s head of religious education Silvana Vicoli said the school sought to undertake Christian community service with meaningful and helpful projects for the community.

“The year seven students explored the idea of Christian service and how through showing the love of charity, we could make a real difference in the life of others,” Ms Vicoli said.

“They were then given the time and tools to create their bear and write a heartfelt prayer for the person who received it.”

The school has been giving the bears to members of the community throughout the year.

“As the year comes to an end and the sight of advent arrives, we felt it would be a nice gesture to donate the remaining bears to another Catholic care agency within our community – St John of God Murdoch Hospital.”

The Year 7 choir from Corpus Christi also sang Christmas carols in a number of different areas around the hospital.