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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

 


RIP Oliver

We had some very sad news from China last week, which most, if not all of you, will have heard or read already, but I wanted to share my own little tribute to Oliver Bear who passed away on 12 November with his friends at the sanctuary holding his paw.

Oliver paw

I had the privilege of meeting this wonderful, forgiving, stoic and life loving bear in October 2011 when I did the Animals Asia China trek.  After having been tortured for his bile for the first 30 years of his life he had every right to hate our species but he was so forgiving and just made the most of the freedom and love he found at Animals Asia’s China Bear Rescue Centre.

This is a short video of Oliver, taken after our lunch in the canteen.  Oliver is just coming out of his den after his lunchtime siesta.

Following his rescue, together with 9 other bears, and his dramatic life saving surgery on the way home to the sanctuary, he inspired a movement as detailed in Animals Asia’s moving tribute to him.

Animals Asia’s Founder and CEO Jill Robinson also posted a very moving tribute to Oliver Bear today, which includes my favourite picture of him, sitting in his den laughing, so happy to be finally free and able to do whatever he wants.

Last year we showed “Cages of Shame”, featuring Oliver and the other bears rescued with him in April 2010, and raised over £4000 to help Animals Asia end bear bile farming.  That’s just one of the many ways in which Oliver helped the move towards ending this horrific trade forever.

His spirit lives on and he will continue to inspire people everywhere.

Rest in Peace dearest Oliver Bear but also have fun with all the others you’ll meet xxxxx

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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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