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).
Four UK supporters make the distance for bears, dogs and cats
On 26 April 2009, four wonderful supporters put on their running shoes and joined the famous London Marathon, running through the pain barrier and beyond on behalf of our beautiful bears, dogs and cats.
We are so grateful to Rachel Garrod, Taz Keady, Laura Croker and Kelly Evans for their superhuman efforts and hope that the blisters and aching bones are now a distant memory.
This is the story of the day in Rachel’s words:
“Not too sore today (but I do have deep-heat on quite a few places). Stairs are a bit of an issue on my quads, as is standing-up after sitting down. Managed to get away with only two blisters and some sunburn, so I was quite lucky there.
I completed the Marathon in a time 4 hours, 25 minutes and 38 seconds and ran the whole way (which completely shocked me, as I had only managed 15 miles continuous in all of my training!).
It was an amazing experience and the crowd support around the whole course is incredible, I don't think I stopped smiling for the first 18 miles. While running I had a couple of other runners telling me how they knew about Animals Asia and how great it was that you had people running for you.
It was a fantastic experience and every blister, ache and sore is worth it and for raising money for the amazing work you all do at Animals Asia.”
And this from the indomitable Taz (with final words to strike fear into the heart of all the Animals Asia UK team).
“Well, there you have it, no training, not even 500m of running and I manage to finish the London Marathon. Wow…
History records that I finished in 6 hours, 58 minutes and 53 seconds. Out of the 50,000 accepted entries, 36,000 turned up to race and I came 24,056 place. Overtaking Katie Price and Peter Andre with three miles to go. In my age range, I was 4,096th out of just over 12,000.
I finished, that’s what matters ... I have my medal ...
All that remains to be said is no excuses from any of the Animals Asia staff for not entering next year. No training required, just mental toughness ...”