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).
Supporters create a night to remember and raise more funds for the bears
Jill with our most elegant and generous hosts, Richard Collins and Jo Politis.
The story of dear old Franzi always makes an impression.
Jill, Jo and the very talented Simon Bryant, now an Animals Asia Ambassador.
There are rare individuals in the world that go out on a limb for something they really believe in. Animals Asia is grateful that we have quite a few who support our work and one fabulous South Australian couple in particular who put together an amazing event on Saturday 11 July which raised over $50,000 for the bears!
Not content to be sponsors of two of our beautiful rescued bears, Jarvis and Taurus, Joanna Politis and Richard Collins pulled together all their contacts and called in some big favours to put together an elegant sit down dinner for 40 special guests in a private room at the Adelaide Hilton.
Guests were treated to the cool sounds of Jazz It Up while they sipped Veuve Clicquot champagne and enjoyed the first of five delectable courses prepared by the Hilton’s Executive Chef, and Animals Asia supporter, Simon Bryant. Unfortunately the MC organized for the night, A Current Affair’s Kate Collins, was struck down by the flu so was unable to join us, but the gorgeous Selga Berzins stepped in at the last minute and did a seamless job of keeping the night flowing.
After a heart wrenching presentation from Jill, Richard took to the podium to start the auction which included five fabulous prizes including a photography package from Benjamin Liew, a behind the scenes tour of the chimpanzee exhibit at Monarto Zoo, a cooking class with Simon Bryant, a corporate suite at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre to see Pink and a trip to Vietnam to visit the Moon Bear Rescue Centre.
Jo and Taurus in Vietnam in June 2009, still a baby and not much over 2kgs.
Animals Asia would like to thank Jo and Richard and everyone who helped make the night so magical including Etype who played their unique style of jazz while guests enjoyed their delicious food accompanied by Wirra Wirra wines. Special mention to Adelaide Flower House for the stunning centerpieces, to Staging Connections for ensuring the presentation ran smoothly and to Benjamin Liew for snapping away throughout the night and capturing it all on film!