It's not long until the 2011 NZI Sevens begin, which we guarantee will be our last ever trip to the sevens. Maybe. At least until the next time anyway. So we thought it would be good to tell you some more about ourselves. Below is some info on the group, and over there on the right is some more detail about each bear. Also over there on the right, under the poll. Yes that's it. There is a link to join our Facebook group. Go on, you know you want to...
This year The Carebears are a group of 10 thirty something’s, with the exception of one young upstart, who is a pain in the butt, and thinks he is all that and a packet of chips. However over the years there have now been a grand total of 19 different Bears, with 4 ever presents -Funshine (Michael), Friend (Dan), Daydream (Matt) and Grumpy (Steve L)
We are mostly Auckland based, though a couple make the pilgramige over from Brisbane There are a mixture of guys with kids and some that may have, but not that they know of (or want to admit too!). 2011 will be the fourth and possibly final year of the bears so they are getting a few tweaks to tidy up and improve the costumes but not change them too much.
Champ Bear, (aka Steve F) came up with the idea of Care Bears after being a smurf the year before. At first this idea was met with much disdain, but after pointing out that old, grumpy gits can actually be cute and cuddly, and that girls like things that are cute and cuddly, we all soon warmed to the idea. Coming up with the idea was the easy part. Trying to find someone to make the costumes was the really hard part. No dress makers or repair places would even entertain the idea!
Once again Champ came up with the solution, god bless him, his family, they came up trumps and made 12 costumes for us. They were a hit with everyone at the 2008 sevens. (Apart from some loser at TVNZ who thought we were English lager louts, who were just there to leer at women (well only four of us are English!!))
An expanded group of bears again attended in 2009, including our first overseas professional, which shows the dedication it takes to put in the hours of practice, both mental and physical to be a Care Bear. There was an initial nervousness as to whether the bears would be as popular the second time around, but of course these fears proved to be groundless. Lets be honest, you can never have too much caring! 2010 was also a fantastic year, with a large (15) group of bears attending, and we were honoured to be asked to take part in the team parade, which was fantastic!
They are also available for Weddings, 21st's and Barmitzvah's
Bring on Feb 2011... prepare to stare... and prepare to care!
Note: We would like to thank our sponsors: Alcoholics Anonymous, Steinlager Pure and our long suffering families...