years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
Hermitage School, Surrey held a Mad Hair day in support of the bears in October 2009 raising £325. Following a speech to the school about the bears by supporter Aileen Egan, the pupils have now befriended Mausi bear and are planning to hold a Teddy Bear's Picnic to raise further funds. Continuing their ongoing relationship via Animals Asia with a Chinese school located close to the Moon Bear Sanctuary, Hermitage School pupils have recently swapped their drawings of a 'British Christmas' with Chinese students, who have illustrated their New Year celebrations.
Presfield Special School, near Southport
Supporter Sue Prince enthralled students with a talk about the bears and, as a result, pupils rolled up their sleeves and baked bear-shaped cookies for a cake sale and it is hoped that the Presfield Centre might adopt Animals Asia as it's chosen charity for 2010.
Fulwood-Cadley School in Lancashire
Fulwood-Cadley School in Lancashire continued their sponsorship of the moon bear rescue by having a sponsored "black and white" dinner during Chinese New Year 2009 raising £237.50.
Hall Grove School, Berkshire
Hall Grove School, Berkshire. Jill Robinson gave a very moving speech to the pupils at this beautiful school during her June 2009 roadshow, thanks to the introduction by the school's Head of Art, Jenny Lavery. The senior boys were inspired to hold a summer triathlon event and the pupils have befriended their own bear. The results of the triathlon was a staggering £1,390!
Askham Bryan Animal and Agricultural College
Our fantastic Teesside support group co-ordinator, Viv Simms, has recently given a series of talks to animal welfare students at the Askham Bryan College. It was very well received with good feedback from both students and tutors, and students are keen to organise some fundraising events in the near future. The students seemed very keen to see how they can help, with many questions.
Sparsholt College, Hampshire
After a talk at Sparsholt College in the autumn term and subsequent fundraising by students there, Nicky gave a second presentation in early April 2011 to the remaining students on their animal welfare courses. Following the first presentation, eight students from one tutor group set up a competition to see who could raise the most money for Animals Asia. Nicky was presented with a cheque for £210 on her second visit, with students electing to befriend two bears and donating the remaining money to the ongoing welfare of these bears. In the meantime, Martin Meads, a lecturer in the Animal Management department, loses no opportunity to spread the word about Animals Asia and has recently asked for donations to our work in lieu of payment for erecting a box for displaced owls at Preshaw House in Winchester.
Bradon Forest School, Swindon
Following a talk by Sarah Chilvers, co-ordinator of the Swindon support group, Bradon Forest School pupils elected Animals Asia as one of their three Charities of the Year. Their fundraising efforts will continue until July but the first event, their Christmas Fayre, has already raised approximately £100.
Ecole Bilingue Jeannine Manuel, Paris
After their very successful fundraising initiative, at the Ecole Bilingue in Paris, Jae Jeong and her fellow students have decided to extend their involvement with Animals Asia and to spread the word to other schools in Paris! They are planning to hold an essay/poetry writing competition with other international schools about the moon bears and their rescue, sending a selection of the best entries for display at our Moon Bear Sanctuary in Chengdu.
London School of Economics
In February 2011, Nicky was contacted by Chinese student, Xiao Lang, currently studying for her Masters in Media, Communication and Development at the London School of Economics. Following discussions with Xiao Lang, on 21 March, Nicky gave a presentation to media communications students on the role of media in changing social behaviour, particularly in changing attitudes in China towards animal welfare.
The Hague, Netherlands
On 13 March, a group of 21 children, ranging from 7 - 12 years old, from a Montessori school in The Hague, the Netherlands, participated in a running event. Lynn Oudheusden, who gave a lecture to her class about moon bears earlier this year and her brother Just Oudheusden came up with the idea to turn this run into a fundraiser for the moon bears for the pupils in their school who, depending on their age, ran 2.5 or 5km, raising the wonderful total of 800 Euros.