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Surgeon Noonan Knit a Bear for Africa Campaign

Surgeon Noonan is a registered charity run voluntarily by 4th year medical students. Each year, the students raise funds, all of which goes directly towards underfunded rural hospitals in Africa.

This year they will be sending 46 students who will travel to hospitals in Tanzania, Malawi, Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. These students will then work voluntarily in the hospitals for four weeks.

Students cover all travel expenses themselves; ensuring that 100% of funds raised goes towards the beneficiary hospitals.

They run a variety of fundraising events throughout the academic year, including the annual Surgeon Noonan Ball, Grand Raffle, Blood Pressure Clinics, Race Night, Table Quiz as well as Coffee Mornings and weekly collection days.

The finance, which they provide to these hospitals, not only serves as maintenance funding, but also subsidises larger projects. Examples of such developments undertaken with the aid of the Surgeon Noonan Society include the building of new wards, a surgical unit and the introduction of a HIV Outreach Clinic.

This year they have launched a very unique campaign “Knit a bear for Africa” in collaboration with UCC Knitting Society. This will see that every student that goes out to Africa will bring with them teddy bears which they will then give to the children that they meet and treat. A small token to children who have so little. If you’d like to get involved with this campaign you can message Surgeon Noonan directly on Facebook or send them on email to

To make one of these bears, there are lots of patterns, both knitted and crocheted, available on Ravelry and other websites.  Enter Trauma Teddies in a Google Search and you’ll be inundated with designs. Just remember to keep them small, so they’re easy to pop in a suitcase.

You’ll also find a simple bear knitting pattern that you can download over on our Charity page.


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