|Chas Bear, the cuddly teddy who endeared himself to hundreds of Chas Everitt International clients and under-privileged children last year, now has a rewarding new job.|
Adopted as the official mascot of the Umhlanga Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club on KZN’s north coast, he is helping to campaign for water safety and to inspire members of the club's Nipper Squad - children between the ages of eight and 14 who are training to become lifeguards.
The Umhlanga Rocks Surf Lifesaving Club is a volunteer group that patrols the local beach on Sundays and public holidays, and Chas Bear - kitted out in his own lifesaver's gear and swimming trunks - accompanies the lifeguards
when they put on public displays or demonstrations.
The rest of the time, he presides over the bar in the clubhouse, which also has a restaurant and is open six days a week - with profits of course going to help fund the club's activities.
To mark Chas Bear's new career, the Chas Everitt International franchise in Umhlanga has donated R50 000 to the club, which spokesman Peter Mustoe says offers a valuable and much appreciated service to the community.
Chas Everitt International Umhlanga also recently donated teddies to all members of the Nipper Squad as well as to a group of 30 underprivileged children who were given swimming and water-safety training by the lifeguards.