This has been Animals Asia’s greatest and toughest year so far, so I thought as some followers of this blog may not regularly follow Animals Asia’s updates I should let you know that there is a chance to double your donation this month. Some very generous benefactors in Hong Kong will match any unrestricted donations in December. Unrestricted donations are donations which aren’t for any specific campaign, for example End Bear Bile Farming, but can be used wherever funds are most urgently needed.
Please also read Animals Asia’s founder and CEO Jill Robinson’s summary of 2014 here
2014 has been our group’s most successful fundraising year to date and most of it has gone towards our Nanning bear adoption, which in turn will help with the conversion of the Nanning bear farm. As the other campaigns need funding too, the money from our next two collections, 6th and 13th December, will be unrestricted and so will be eligible to be matched by the kind benefactors in Hong Kong.
If you are thinking of making a donation to Animals Asia, this would be the time to do it as your donation will be worth double. A click on the picture above will lead you straight to the donation page. The default currency is USD but will change when you choose your country.
Please be part of this exciting change and give the animals in Asia the best Christmas gift there is – hope for the future.
If you haven’t signed up for Animals Asia’s e-newsletter you may like to do so now to keep up to date with the constant progress.
Thank you and bear hugs!
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
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
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
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.
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