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).
Fun event raises funds for new bear house at our China sanctuary
Animals Asia hosted its first Hong Kong fundraiser for 2009 at Club JJ’s at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, on 25 June. The evening raised well over HK$100,000 to help build a bear house at our Chengdu rescue centre.
To ensure the rescued bears have every chance of recovering and leading healthy, happy lives, they need accommodation designed for their special needs. Our planned bear house will have 12 dens in two rows that open out to separate semi-natural enclosures. Here, the latest arrivals will be able to learn to be “bears” – running, climbing, swimming and wrestling for the first time in their lives. All the dens will be fitted with hanging-basket beds that the bears love to curl up in after a hard day’s play, loads of enrichment and drinking troughs that often double as bath tubs!
The night was a great opportunity for us to thank our supporters for their continued assistance and at the same time update them with our latest work. Jill gave a moving presentation on the horrific situation of our companion animals in China, where truck loads of dogs and cats are sent to the meat markets every day. This was a call for everyone to be a “Champion for Change” and work towards long-term change from within to eventually end the torture and killing of dogs and cats for food.
Huge thanks to our MC, Andy Chworowsky, who did a great job of skillfully building the night to its climax, and rousing supporters to bid in the “Singletons’ Auction”. There was some competitive and enthusiastic bidding for our game volunteers – Jill, Jasmine, Kai, Teresa, Mike and Leah – who were auctioned off for handsome donations!
The evening also provided an opportunity for Jeremy Higgs, MD of Bowen Capital Management, to present us with a wonderful donation previously pledged by the Green Dragon Fund to cover the cost of two outdoor enclosures at our Vietnam sanctuary.
Jeremy Higgs presents a cheque on behalf of The Green Dragon Fund.
Thanks to our generous sponsors who donated the wonderful raffle prizes, including the first prize of a Stella McCartney tote bag. Finally, with sounds provided by the mighty-talented Hong Kong band, The Last Man Standing, the party was in full swing until midnight.
The Last Man Standing turn up the heat for a great night with great music.
We would like to say a very special thank you to Dr Stephan Lehner for generously sponsoring the entire evening, and many thanks to all of our great supporters who came out and supported us and the bears.
Jill presents Mrs Wong and daughter Kitty with a token of our thanks for their support.
MC Andy Chworowsky manages the evening with the greatest of ease.
Supporters listen intently to the latest news from China and Vietnam.
Jill updated supporters on our Friends.... or Food? and Moon Bear Rescue programmes.
The Singletons' Auction inspired enthusiastic and competitive bidding.