Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island chief executive officer Linda Hughes cuddles up to the teddy bear that she’s sponsoring for Bear Wear. The 14th annual Bear Wear kicked off at Hotel Grand Pacific on Monday.

Teddy bears get dressed up for Christmas

The 14th annual Bear Wear holiday event kicks off at Hotel Grand Pacific.

Victoria’s best-dressed teddy bears are getting new bling for Christmas.

The 14th annual Bear Wear holiday event kicked off at Hotel Grand Pacific on Monday.

Bear Wear is a holiday display of large teddy bears dressed up by local businesses, organizations, and individuals.

It is a fundraiser of the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

For a suggested minimum $2 donation, visitors can enter a raffle to win their favourite bear at the end of the event. The bears often come with valuable extras – show tickets, books, treats and other add-ons.

Funds raised through bear sponsorships and raffle entry donations support the health of kids through Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.

“[Bear Wear] brings awareness of the foundation and the work we’re doing,” said Jackie Adamthwaite, manager of special events for the foundation.

The public is invited to tour the lobby of the Hotel Grand Pacific, 463 Belleville St., to view the bears, free of charge, until Jan. 4.

In 2013, Bear Wear raised more than $25,000 in support of children’s health programs.

For further information, please go online to childrenshealthvi.org/events/bear-wear.

 

 

Just Posted

WATCH: Soon-to-be guide dogs take part in the Amazing Puppy Race

10 puppies training to be guide dogs took part in a social Easter egg hunt

Economic inequality, immigration still need work in Victoria: Prosperity index

Housing, environmental health factors show improvements in 2019: report

Victoria City Councillor Laurel Collins wins federal NDP nomination

Collins will run for Victoria in the upcoming federal election

Long weekend starts with series of crashes

The long weekend traffic pile up is starting with a series of… Continue reading

Victoria church bells toll in solidarity with Notre Dame Cathedral after devastating fire

Churches around the globe ring bells to honour iconic Paris cathedral

POLL: How often does your family use BC Ferries?

Navigating the lineups for BC Ferries is a way of life for… Continue reading

Crime Stoppers most wanted for Greater Victoria for the week of April 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

B.C. senior sentenced for sexually abusing special-needs granddaughter

73-year-old Cortes Island man will go to jail for three years

Howe Sound Queen sailing toward retirement

Vessel now up for auction ends regular runs between Crofton and Vesuvius at the beginning of June

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Most Read