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).
Hundreds of miles for thousands of bears – Moon Bear Marathon 5
09 Oct 2007
The Coordinator of the Animals Asia Foundation ACT Support Group, Associate Professor Kieran Fallon, has raised $12,000 at the half way point of his 1,000km walk around Canberra which began on 22 September to raise awareness of and funds for the foundation’s Moon Bear Rescue.
Canberra may be a long way from China, but money raised during the walk will help rescue bears from the horrific practice of bear bile farming, a practice that currently incarcerates over 7,000 bears in tiny cages so their bile can be milked and used in Chinese medicine.
“Our dedicated volunteers have already held four successful “Moon Bear Marathons”, which have raised over $70,000 for the bears but this latest walk is the longest ever undertaken,” said Associate Professor Fallon who is aiming to walk up to the marathon distance, 42.2km, every day for 30 days.
In addition to being a dedicated advocate for China’s tortured bears, Kieran Fallon is also Head of Sports Medicine at the Australian Institute of Sport and teaches in the Faculty of Medicine at the Australian National University.
Supporters are welcome to walk with Kieran at any time during the final 500kms of his walk. For information on his whereabouts on any day of the walk, call him on 0417 222 703.
On the final day, Sunday, 21 October, the ACT Support Group will hold its annual Walk for the Bears, where supporters can join Kieran for as long as they wish. Mr Bill Stefaniak, Leader of the Opposition in the ACT, will open this section of the walk which is a flat 4.9km loop including Commonwealth Avenue Bridge, King’s Avenue Bridge and the lake foreshores in-between. The start time is 10am at the front of Old Parliament House.
For more information about the event or for sponsorship forms, please contact Kieran Fallon on 02 6254 6273 or 0417 222 703 or via email at