There has been a sense of almost un-bear-able excitement at the Buderim Private Hospital maternity unit, and it’s not just due to the arrival of newborn babies.
The hospital has joined with local craft group Sunshine Linus to give all babies born in the week of 4-11 July a handmade Kanyini bear to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2021.
“Kanyini” is an Indigenous word best expressed in English as the combination of two words – responsibility and love. The principle of Kanyini is unconditional and unlimited love.
The Sunshine Coast hospital's maternity manager, Ali McKill, said the bears were being gratefully received by new parents.
“Not only do the bears look amazing, but I think what they represent really resonates with our parents,” she said.
“Unconditional love and responsibility, with no time limits, is very much the journey new parents embark upon.
“We would like to provide our heartfelt thanks to Sunshine Linus for its generosity and creating such a special and meaningful gift for us to share during NAIDOC Week.”
Sunshine Linus is a volunteer, non-profit organisation now in its 11th year of giving “love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children and adults” in need.
Its mission is to provide handmade quilts, blankets and other items to people in hospital wards, oncology units, maternity nurseries, nursing homes and care associations.
The design of the Kanyini bears was inspired by the colours of the Indigenous flag.
Buderim Private Hospital is committed to this year’s theme for NAIDOC Week – 'Heal Country!' – which calls for stronger measures to protect, recognise and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.
As part of UnitingCare, Buderim Private Hospital’s vision for reconciliation is to be culturally responsible and committed to social justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and be unified, positive and healthy.