Last year the story about an Australian boy making teddy bears for sick children captured the hearts of millions, and now he has expanded his charity program to give away cruises.
Campbell Remess the Tasmanian teddy bear maker is now giving away holidays
In 2016 the story about Campbell Remess, a young Tasmanian boy making teddy bears for sick children, captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. Campbell has continued with his mission and has now expanded his charity program, Project365, to give away cruise holidays to those who really nead a break.
“So far for 2017 I have made hundreds of gifts and raised over $100,000 for different charities,”
"My name is Campbell but everyone calls me ‘Bumble’. I’m 13 years old. When I was 9 I asked mum and dad if we could buy christmas presents for kids in hospital when they told me it would cost too much I decided to make them. I decided that I would make 1 present a day which is 365 a year and give them all away. I have done this for three Christmases now and I love it. This year will be my fourth! I make special bears to auction and fundraise for people too," says Campbell on his Project365 Facebook Page.
"So far for 2017 I have made hundreds of gifts and raised over $100,000 for different charities and people," continues the tireless and enterprising youngster.
It all began when he was 9, and Campbell made his first bear around Christmas. He had wanted to buy presents for children in the hospital.
“Mum said, ‘Aw, that would be a bit too much… we have nine people in the family’, so I said to Mum, I’ll make them then and I started using her sewing machine “
He decided to make 1 bear every day. He’s already given away 800 unique bears. He calls his effort Project365
Campbell has relentless energy and makes different types of bears for people with different illnesses. “I’ve done winner bears, for people that have had cancer, I do “ouch bears” for the ambulance, when they’ve got a job to go to they can take a bear in the ambulance to give to someone."
“I do comfort bears, for people who’ve gone through a hard time.”
He also auctions the bears off for different charities,among which, his very own: Kindness Cruises
"It sends people that have had treatment and that have had a hard time with cancer. We raise money and send them on a cruise ship with family. So they can have a relaxing time.”
And Campbell is far from done… “I don’t want to stop, it makes me feel really good.”
Want to help Campbell with his work?
“People can support on my project365.org website, they can donate to Kindness Cruises, they can nominate someone for a kindness cruise, they can buy some raffle tickets they can buy things from the shop as well and all that money will go to kindness cruises and project 365.”
What can you do for people?
"People can help each other in lots of different ways, it doesn’t have to be something big, it can be something tiny which will make a massive difference to that person, and yeah just being kind and not mean. That’s the biggest key.”
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A message from Campbell
I use my pocket money to buy fabric and things but if you would like to help me my PO Box is:
PO Box 2111, HOWRAH TAS 7018
My PayPal address is : Campbell@project365.org
Or account details:
Project 365 By campbell
Or if you want to send some fur I use 1/4 of a metre each bear and love fur from furaddiction.com.au or vouchers from Spotlight helps me buy hobbyfill that I use a lot of.
I am also doing P365 Kindness Cruises that are surprise gifts from my P365 Family and me of a cruise for them on special ships after they have finished chemo or cancer treatment so they can start a new chapter and smile with new memories.
Nominate a child for a bear or a cruise
If you know of a child that I could send a bear to and would like to share their story please send a request through the form on my website. You can send nominations for Kindness Cruises there too.