The Ruby Collection unveil William the Bear at special Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Unlike most apartment complexes on the Gold Coast, The Ruby Collection have created a signature bear, which they unveiled to the public at a special Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Budds Beach on Friday.

Thirty Gold Coast kids aged 2- 5 years old were invited along to the morning tea picnic to meet William The Bear – a cuddly grey bear that will be available to purchase at The Ruby Collection from early November.

William the Bear is the namesake of The Ruby Collection owner and developer William O’Dwyer.


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“My daughters are my world,” said William who created the name of his property development company The Ralan Group by combining the names of his eldest daughters – Rachel and Lauren.

“The Ruby Collection is named after my youngest daughter Ruby and like every other 12-year-old she still loves cute and cuddly things”.

Teddy Bear's Picnic

1029 Hot Tomato breakfast presenter Emily Jade O’Keefe with son Teddy James at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic | PHOTO: Supplied by The Ruby Collection

The Ruby Collection CEO, David Brook, said the bear was a symbol of the real-life bond William has with his daughters.

“Although William’s business interests keep him extremely busy, he is a family man first, so in keeping with his tradition of adopting his family names, we thought it would be terrific idea to create a “William the Bear” that could be purchased onsite from our digital concierge,” he said.

“With all things at the Ruby Collection resembling anything but ordinary, when planning the in-room menu, we were mindful of offering more than just the traditional room service menu of ‘food only’ creating a range of items that would make our guests feel more at home – starting with a teddy bear that could be loved by all ages.

“One of our talented designers was tasked with the job of bringing “William the Bear” to life and we think she’s created something that has the potential to become a household name.”

Teddy Bear's Picnic

Audrey Junge and William The Bear | PHOTO: Supplied by The Ruby Collection

William the Bear will be available to purchase at The Ruby Apartments from early November and guests will have the opportunity to meet William the Bear during their stay.

The William the Bear character will also be taking part in live character shows and guests will be able to meet William, give him a cuddle, snap a selfie and even join him for breakfast or lunch at Ruby special events.

Carla is a full time journalist, presenter and announcer for 102.9 Hot Tomato and myGC.com.au, joining the team towards the end of 2011. When she is isn’t busy presenting all of myGC’s videos, bringing you the latest news or chatting live on air, Carla will often be found scoping out the hottest local events. Carla holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Bond University, where she graduated with number of First in Class and Dean’s List of Academic Excellence awards. Carla is also a well-regarded MC, singer and actor. Some of her credits include hosting the Australia’s Next Top Model Queensland Auditions for Foxtel, guest starring on Toybox for Channel Seven, and performing as Mrs Banks in The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s production of Mary Poppins.

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