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Campbell Remess the teddy maker raises $26k for cancer research at Hobart gala event.

By Paige Cockburn

A young Hobart boy with a generous heart and impressive sewing skills has raised $26,000 for those affected by cancer in his latest venture involving handmade bears.

Campbell Remess, affectionately known as Bumble, has become a beacon of hope and kindness around the world through his teddy bear creations.

The 12-year-old spends all of his free time sewing bears and gifting them to sick children, their parents and even those affected by terrorism.

Campbell reached new heights of giving on Friday by raising more than $26,000 through a charity gala dinner in Hobart he helped organise and host.

“It was an awesome night, just amazing,” he said of the event which fundraised for the Love Your Sister charity.

A challenge is not something Campbell shies away from, and on the night he sat up on stage with his sewing machine and made a bear from scratch to auction off.

It took him 45 minutes and the finished product raised $5,000.

For most, that would be a pretty daunting task but Campbell was not fazed at all.

“As a mum I was nervous as to how he would handle it. But he was just amazing. I couldn’t do it,” his mother Sonia Whittaker said.

“He totally owned it, he really worked the crowd. I’ve seen him do all sorts of things and he never gets nervous.”

Now Campbell wants to go bigger and better and tour his gala fundraiser around Australia by holding one in every capital city.

He has also begun auctioning off his beautiful bears on Facebook, where people from all over the world bid in the name of cancer research.

The talented youngster is determined to raise enough funds so researchers can “make a needle that people can have to make sure cancer never comes back”.

Campbell’s desire to find a cure stems from his own experiences seeing family and friends diagnosed with cancer, including his dad who has beat cancer four times.

Campbell at the gala event with his friend Ella, who has been fighting cancer. (Facebook: Project 365 by Campbell)
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It is also about delivering some positivity and hope to those who may at times feel like giving up.

"I can't tell you how many people have said they come to Campbell's page for a smile," Ms Whittaker said.

His Facebook page has become a sort of a family where many of the 45,000 followers support each other.

"You really do bring sunshine to people's lives. It's amazing how something so simple as a teddy bear can make such a difference," Julia, who's son received a 'Winner' bear from Campbell, wrote.

"In a world where there's more take than give, where greed becomes stronger than generosity, YOU are the exception and I hope everyone can take a piece of your message and pay it forward."

Although Campbell has become world famous, with offers to head to the US, Mexico and China for television show appearances, he is keeping his eyes on the goals: smiles and a cure.

"Being kind and not mean will change the world a lot," Campbell said.

He is now focusing his energy on the Relay For Life event in March which raises funds for the Cancer Council.

This post originally appeared on ABC News.


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