Cummins and Port Lincoln organise Bear Hunts

TEDDIES: Reeve Welsh with some of his plush friends in the window of his house in Port Lincoln. Photo: supplied
TEDDIES: Reeve Welsh with some of his plush friends in the window of his house in Port Lincoln. Photo: supplied

Households across Lower Eyre Peninsula are giving children some entertainment by putting some plush friends in the window for them to spot.

Facebook groups have been set up for Bear Hunts in Cummins and Port Lincoln, asking people to put teddy bears and stuffed animals in their windows for families to walk around their neighbourhoods to see.

This is a part of a worldwide movement to curb loneliness in people in self-isolation, as many still have the ability to walk around or drive around their community to see bears displayed.

Carley Pittaway started the Cummins Bear Hunt Facebook page and said she learned about the Bear Hunts through a Facebook group in Adelaide which had shown houses across Adelaide taking part.

"I thought it would be a good idea for Cummins because we're a tight knit community and people like to get on board with things like this," she said.

"It's a good way to stay connected with other families without getting too close."

Mrs Pittaway said 125 people had joined the Facebook group and one family had recently done a count around the community, counting up to 50 bears on display.

People are being encouraged to go out and about to see the bears while sticking to social distancing rules.

"I think it's really nice to see other families are getting joy about doing something little," she said.

Outside of Cummins people have also started to put bears in their windows at Tumby Bay and Port Lincoln, as well as further up the peninsula at Cleve and Kimba.

Port Lincoln parent Tara Welsh recently started a Port Lincoln Bear Hunt Facebook page and said she saw Bear Hunts were taking place across Australia, including on Eyre Peninsula.

"I thought Port Lincoln should join in on the fun," she said.

Ms Welsh said there with playgrounds, skate parks and other facilities were now closed so this was something for children to do in the community.

To find out more people can visit the Cummins Bear Hunt or Port Lincoln Bear Hunt Facebook pages.

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