A precious cargo

04 / 12 / 2017

Kenya Airways Cargo has flown a crew of 700 teddy bears from the UK after they staged a flash-mob outside St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The bears first came together in the summer when the international children’s charity, World Vision UK, organised a sit-down stunt on the steps of the cathedral to highlight the plight of children fleeing conflict in South Sudan.

Now, World Vision UK’s star teddy bear Precious arrived in Imvepi refugee settlement in northern Uganda bringing her 700-strong gang in tow after a journey of 6,000s miles.

There, they will bring a glimmer of Christmas joy to kids who have fled their homeland with nothing - many of them not even their parents.

They will go to World Vision’s 31 Child Friendly Spaces which give young people a safe place to play, get a basic education and generally start to feel normal again.

Kenya Airways Cargo area manager Europe and US, Katrina Hanson, said: "We hope Precious and the bears enjoyed their flight with us. Kenya Airways was delighted to help take the teddies to refugee children in Uganda. Everyone remembers having a teddy bear as a child, so to love and hold a bear will delight children who could do with some comfort at a challenging time."

World Vision response director in northern Uganda, Paul Sitnam, added: “Children at our centres were so happy and excited to welcome Precious and her furry friends. These children have already gone through so much - it’s heart-warming for them to know they are not forgotten, especially during the festive period. We’re very grateful to people in the UK who donated these bears.”

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