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Alison Shaw

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Western Queensland Drought Bears

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Western Queensland has been suffering from an extended drought and many generous people from across the country have dug deep and kindly donated to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal Committee. The Committee are all unpaid volunteers who formed an organisation following a drought aid public forum held in Longreach in April 2015. The executive and management  team were elected and the Western Queensland  Drought Appeal was born. The management  committee has representatives from local community groups, churches, mental health organisations, finance, business and service clubs. Members all live in western Queensland  because they love it - the sense of community, the vast open spaces, the fresh...
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The Real Teddy Bear Story

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Have you ever wondered where the name ‘teddy bear’ came from? Our name, Tambo Teddies, is fairly self explanatory but why ‘teddies’- where on earth did the ‘teddy’ come from to describe a soft, cuddly toy bear?   Well, believe it or not, teddy bears are named after the U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt!   It all started with a hunting trip President Roosevelt took in 1902 in Mississippi at the invitation of Mississippi Governor, Andrew H. Longino. After three days of hunting, President Roosevelt had not spotted a single bear.   And since hunting bears was the whole point of…

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Tambo Teddies Master Crafter- Verna Kruckow

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Chances are when you purchase a Tambo Teddy it might just have the initials ‘VK’ on the bum tag and will have been created in the teddy bear workshop by Tambo Teddies Master Crafter, Verna Kruckow. The Kruckow family moved to Tambo in April 2003 and Verna started working part-time at Teddies in May of that year.  For the first few years she sewed Bickie Bears and echidnas, perfecting these before moving onto crafting the ‘big bears’, the Basils and Tobies. Working for the previous owner in a part-time capacity, Verna spent her time creating bears at her machine in one…

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Tambo Teddies – Queensland Digital Champions

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Alison recently attended the Advance Queensland Community Champions round table in Brisbane where she was announced as a round two champion. Recognised for her work with Tambo Teddies and Council promoting digital marketing and technologies and their benefits for small business, Alison was honoured, excited and a bit embarrassed to be amongst such an exalted and capable crowd. A passionate advocate for small businesses in regional Queensland, Alison facilitates workshops in digital marketing and social media to encourage local small businesses to become digitally savvy. She draws on her own experience with Tambo Teddies as a successful regional example of what can be...
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