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How it all began…
During 2020 and 2021, New Zealander’s found themselves thrust into lockdown due to the Covid-19 crisis.
But it wasn’t all doom and gloom.
While walking around her neighbourhood, Rachael Neale, noticed a beautiful thing happening. Caring teddy bears everywhere were popping up in windows to encourage their communities, helping families cope with the changes that were happening all around them. She believed the bears had a story to tell, and the idea of The Great NZ Bear Hunt book was born.
The bears created a safe haven for many families and their children, as they walked their neighbourhoods to escape the four walls of home. And so she began to write their story. Families also began to struggle under the weight and uncertainty of the pandemic, and so she began to dream about how this story could be used to help New Zealander’s in the most practical way.
Written and illustrated by Rachael, The Great NZ Bear Hunt is a nostalgic story, and a much needed reminder of how New Zealander’s showed that kindness can win.
However, we are excited that in years to come, children all over the world will read this story and get a glimpse into what it looked like here in little old New Zealand, as they read about the unfriendly monster & the very caring bears.
About the Author
Rachael is the founder of solvegroup.org, a social enterprise organisation committed to solving problems that affect the environment, and to supporting community initiatives that address issues such as mental health and wellbeing.
Rachael is passionate about creating support and awareness around mental health issues, having been directly affected in various ways throughout her lifetime by the very serious, and even sometimes fatal, effects of these issues.
She runs Solve Group together with her husband, Will, and they have an ever growing family, and live in Auckland New Zealand.
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We chose charities who were directly helping children and families who are doing it tough.