Photo by Linda Robertson.
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull encourages Leala Akiyama (4) and
her sister Lucia (1) to give the Blue Bear a hug for Plunket.
The photo opportunity was to raise awareness of Plunket's Bear
Hug Appeal, which starts on March 4.
''A hug is a sign of love and appreciation so we're hoping
Kiwis will help us to continue to provide support to local
families when they need it by supporting our March Bear Hug
Appeal,'' Otago appeal co-ordinator Kelly Mansell said.
She encouraged people to give Plunket ''a hug'' by donating
money or time or sharing their skills and experience.