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Teddy Bear Day

Health and wellbeing

Social assistance and welfare


An annual action in Polish hospitals - volunteers give Teddy Bears to children suffering from various illnesses. The aim is to improve the child's mental wellbeing since it has been observed that hugging a Teddy Bear is good for the psyche of small patients. Everyone is invited to help -kindergartens, schools, state institutions and everyone who wishes to support the action.

Fundacja Mam marzenie (Make-a-Wish Poland)

Make-a-Wish was founded in Cracow in 2003 as an independent organization gathering volunteers only. The association's mission is to make suffering children's dreams come true so that at least for one moment the little patients may forget about pain.


ul. Sw. Krzyza 7
31-028 Krakow

Partner 1

DPD Poland

International parcel delivery service


ul. Mineralna 15
02-274 Warsaw

- improving mental condition of children staying at hospitals by distributing Teddy Bears to children's hospitals
- supporting patients' parents
- promoting volunteering especially among students and pupils

- numbers of Teddy Bears distributed
- promoting volunteering at schools
- supporting children's hospitals

Roles of the volunteers


Planned the project

Managed the project

Have been involved in the implementation


Teddy Bear, suffering children, children's hospitals, volunteers

Quality Standards of project with volunteers

I declare that my project meets all the quality requirements here listed

  • There are clear, planned outcomes for the local community based on identified needs.
  • Volunteers bring added value to the project and don’t replace paid staff.
  • Volunteers are recruited, trained and managed according to the quality volunteer management cycle.
  • The conditions of the opportunity are inline with the relevant legal framework in the country/ region concerned. Eg regarding insurance, expenses payments, agreements/contracts etc.
  • The volunteers are celebrated and thanked for their time and commitment.


  • The organization providing the volunteer opportunity demonstrates an inclusive approach. Volunteers from all backgrounds and situations are welcome.


  • There is the opportunity for the learning acquired through volunteering to be validated, if the volunteer desires it.