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Actor Miranda Otto with Bonnie the Bunny for The Change Angels fundraiser for Barnardos.

Australian actor Miranda Otto has added her star power to a local initiative donating soft toys to abused children.

The Change Angel’s second annual Bonnie Bunny Campaign will see 400 Nanny Huchy soft bunnies delivered to child protection units across the country.

“Giving a child a soft toy to cuddle and love when they are admitted to hospital under such horrific circumstances can be very powerful,” Ms Otto said.

“This little soft bunny can help open up the lines of communication between the health professionals and the child which is important after they have experienced such unspeakable trauma.”

Other high profile women who have supported the cause are TV presenter Lisa Wilkinson and actor Kate Ritchie.

For $35, people can gift a Bonnie the Bunny to a child who’s been admitted to hospital in a desperate state due to abuse and neglect.

Last year the bunnies went to the Child Protection Unit at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. This year they will be delivered to units in Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and Perth.

The profits will go to the Barnardos Yalmambirra Learning Centre in Wellington NSW.

Change Angels founder Joanne Sutton said this centre offered ‘at risk’ children a “nurturing, safe and learning after school environment”.

Each unit that has gets the toys will also get a signed illustration of Bonnie the Bunny by Change Angel agent, and designer, Kate Gerber and colour-in bunnies.

“This means the clinicians can make a reference to the illustration, give the child a bunny and they can also colour in the bunny – all aiding in opening the lines of communication and helping to set the children at ease,” Ms Sutton said.

The Bunnies are on sale from Monday until March 17 at thechangeangels.com.

(This article was first published in The Australian and was written by Laura Aubusson.)

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