Beads of Courage

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The Beads of Courage programme offers support and strength to families when they need it most. When a child is suffering from a serious illness, a child's Beads of Courage becomes a physical journal of their individual journey.

Their BOC journey begins when they are given a length of string and beads that spell out their first name. Then, colourful beads, each representing a different treatment are given to the child by their professional health care provider as determined by the BOC bead guide. During the course of their treatment, they are also given “Act of Courage” beads. Every bead represents a different treatment and are the same worldwide to ensure continuity of care. Beads of Courage is available to support children with a variety of illnesses, which include:

• Blood Disorders

• Cardiac Conditions

• NICU (Neonatal Intensive Unit)

• Burn Injuries

• Other Chronic Illnesses

The RVI children’s ward are in need of bags to hold patients BOC. The bags are double lined draw string bags made from fun fabric.

If you are a skilled sewer and know how to work a sewing machine, we need YOUR help!

All materials are provided.

If you would like to find out more about BOC follow the link below.

If you would like to volunteer please email Becky on


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