May 25, 2014 9:08 am

Teddy bears take over Assiniboine Park

WINNIPEG – The 28th annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic brought out thousands Sunday to Assiniboine Park.

The fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital Foundation is always a popular event for children who get to experience firsthand what goes on at a hospital.

The Dr. Goodbear Clinic was packed with hospital volunteers giving the stuffed animals check-ups.

There were even stations where animals could get casts, X-rays, and surgery.

Hospital volunteers show children what happens during a check-up

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“I’m having fun, this is my bear ‘Sunset’, she fell out of a tree and broke her leg,” said one child in line to have her bear checked out.

Thousands of children and their sick or injured stuffed toys visited medical tents for lessons on hospital care that hopefully will make the real thing less frightening.

Hospital volunteers show children what goes on during surgery while stitching up this teddy bear.

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“Whether you’re a child or an adult, the hospital is always a scary place to come to and what’s great about this Teddy Bears’ Picnic is that kids can come here, bring their bears, and experience what it’d be like if they had to go to the hospital,” said Tanya Williams of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

Global Winnipeg and Shaw were also set up at the event and are major sponsors of the picnic.

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