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Nanning Bear Adoption – Progress

I am very happy to be able to report that we have just passed the half way mark to our target for Ronnie aka John’s adoption. We have to date raised £6028.50 for our gorgeous girl, so “only” £5971.50 to go until she will be the first London moon bear :)

The money raised through bear adoption, or naming, supports Animals Asia’s campaign to end the barbaric practice of bear file farming and in this case will help with the conversion of the Nanning bear farm into Animals Asia’s second sanctuary in China from this

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Nanning bear farm – Copyright: Animals Asia

to a paradise much like Animals Asia’s Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre in Tam Dao National Park

New double enclosure at Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre - Copyright: Animals Asia

New double enclosure at Vietnam Bear Rescue Centre – Copyright: Animals Asia

This will take at least 2 years and £3,000,000 but it can and will be done with everyone’s help, big or small.

A huge thank you to all our members who have worked so tirelessly all year to raise those vital funds in their spare time, everyone who has done challenges to raise money and everyone who has bought from our stall and donated so generously.  If we have another year like this next year, or even better, we will hopefully reach our target before the due date.

We already have some exciting plans for next year, so watch this space and please come and join us if you can.

If you can’t come to our events but would still like to help us raise funds for Ronnie aka John you could make a donation via our JustGiving page.

Ronnie aka John in her bath tub - Copyright: Animals Asia

Ronnie aka John in her bath tub – Copyright: Animals Asia

 


Octobear Festival Success

Octobear Festival 2014

Octobear Festival 2014

Our fist Octobear Festival last night at Norman’s Coach and Horses was a great success.  We raised about £1200 for our Nanning Bear Fund and everyone had a great time as well.  The delicious 3 course vegan or vegetarian meal and wine, as well as the room hire, were provided free of charge by the very generous owner of the pub Alastair Choat, and the team who looked after us all night was just amazing and made the whole evening run very smoothly.

Octobear Festival 2014

Octobear Festival 2014

Amanda’s presentation about her work as a bear manager in Chengdu and her visit to Nanning was fabulous and gave everyone a great insight into the work on the ground at the sanctuaries. It also showed us how all those kind and generous donations help the bears and how the lives of the Nanning bears have already improved massively despite them still living in their farm cages.  They now have constant access to water, nutritious food and medical care and the enrichment they need to keep their intelligent minds active.

A special bonus were pictures and news of our London Bear Ronnie aka John who Amanda met and spoilt rotten when she was in Nanning. This picture of Ronnie aka John was taken on Amanda’s visit and appeared on Animals Asia’s website last week

 

Ronnie aka John

Ronnie aka John

Last but definitely not least, a big thank you to everyone who donated prizes for our raffle, which raised about £300 of the total.

If you ever find yourself in Soho please make sure to stop at Norman’s Coach and Horses.  The food is delicious, all vegetarian or vegan, and the atmosphere great.  It’s still a proper pub which hasn’t been modernised and doesn’t have a TV screen in the bar so people actually talk to each other.

 


Write for the Bears in November

November is National Novel Writing Month and we have just the thing for you – a writing workshop led by Heidi Stephenson with 99% of the proceeds going to Animals Asia’s Peace by Piece campaign! You’ll be ready to join and maybe even win the online competition next year.

Saturday 29 November 2014, 10.30am – 5.30pm in Queen’s Park, London

They say we all have a novel in us, so why not have a go at writing yours? In this creative writing workshop you’ll be looking at:

What makes a good novel? How and where to find story ideas. Creating memorable characters. Writing dialogue. The importance of setting. Story structure. And overcoming the dreaded writers block.

No previous writing experience is required. Come and have some creative fun!

Heidi has been writing for the past 20 years, as well as working as a TV producer. She has published a book on playwriting (Rage and Reason: Women Playwrights on Playwriting, Methuen), has written 2 stageplays, 3 screenplays, 3 radio dramas for the BBC, and most recently, a novel. Her teaching experience includes work for the Arvon Foundation, Exeter Phoenix and Hypatia Trust.

The cost of £75, or £65 for concessions, includes a vegan / vegetarian lunch.  Similar workshops in London are between £70 and £80 without lunch and as Heidi is doing this for absolutely nothing 100% of the proceeds will go to the bears.

Funds raised will go towards our Nanning Bear Fund and help directly with Animals Asia‘s conversion of the bear farm into a sanctuary.

Places are strictly limited, so please book early.

To book your place, please complete the form below and indicate how you wish to pay.  Online payment can be made via our JustGiving page, or if you prefer to pay by cheque we’ll send you details by return.

As the location is a private residence the address will only be sent out with confirmations.

Some comments from previous workshops:

“Wildly creative and great fun! We learned such a lot. The time just flew by.”

You have given me the confidence to finally write my book. A fabulous day.”

“Inspirational.”

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