Donating Bears to School in the spirit of ANZAC education

The 2018 Bears to School initiative is an lovely community-focussed program designed to enhance the engagement of Australian primary-school children in educational activities related to the final year of the Anzac Centenary 2014-2018.

CAPTION: Bears to School National Ambassador Keith Payne VC, with Private Earnest Harvey, the Gallipoli Bear and, left, Lieutenant Thomas Hendy, The Australian Flying Corps Bear.

Trooper Bert Jones, the Light Horse Bear.
Trooper Bert Jones, the Light Horse Bear.

With the support of Australia’s major military charities and hundreds of local Legacy Clubs and RSL Sub Branches, the campaign aims to have one or more Great War uniformed teddy bears donated into every primary school in Australia.

These popular collectable bears, created especially for the ANZAC Centenary, provide an interactive and non-threatening educational support prop for use in centenary learning activities.

Through Bears to School, military charities are using their extensive community links and engagement programs to recruit local businesses, organisations and individuals to purchase and donate a Great War bear to local primary schools.

All profits from the bears purchased for donation will be returned to the charities.

For just $99, donors receive a certificate of thanks and be acknowledged in the individual story card that accompanies each bear.

Coordinator, Australia in the Great War, will provide all shipping and handling at no charge, as well as maintain campaign resources and liaison with the charities, donors and schools.

Sister Bernadette O'Meara, the Nurse Bear.
Sister Bernadette O’Meara, the Nurse Bear.

Schools can also recruit donors directly, in which case the school will receive 15% of the sale price with 10% donated directly to Soldier On.

To buy a bear and find a school to send him or her to, visit

This is a government-approved, stand-alone website dedicated to this campaign.

The web site not only is a portal for donors to purchase the donor bear and nominate the school, it also contains bear-related resources for schools, provides a platform for schools to share news and stories of their commemorations, provides information on ex-service organisation and provides an outlet for schools to than donors.

There are 10 bear characters available, each with its own story card detailing the service or campaign the bear’s uniform represents in a way that will delight students and teachers alike.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is the proud owner of a Trooper Jones bear, which he keeps in his office.

For more information, visit










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Posted by Brian Hartigan

Managing Editor Contact Publishing Pty Ltd PO Box 3091 Minnamurra NSW 2533 AUSTRALIA

2 thoughts on “Donating Bears to School in the spirit of ANZAC education

  • 05/01/2019 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Paul. Thanks for your interest in the Bears to School program.
    As it says in the story above, I am an Ambassador for this great initiative – but I have nothing to do with the actual physical management of it.
    You can find purchasing and other details at – and rest assured that all profits go to veteran charities.
    Brian Hartigan
    CONTACT Editor

  • 04/01/2019 at 11:42 pm

    Morning I know its a bit of a short notice but I have been asked to go to the children’s hospital here in Brisbane to visit a very sick kid and was wondering would it be possible to get a bear if there is one in brise to take with me to give to him.

    Many thanks Paul Langley 0409632771


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