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).
At the close of our Beards for Bears 2012 campaign, Animals Asia would like to say a big “Thank you!” to all our supporters who not only helped raise a fabulous US$10,846.59 for our bears but who also helped spread the word about the bears’ plight and Animals Asia’s campaign to end bear bile farming.
A grand total of 46 beard-growers signed up to the campaign along with 150 Beards for Bears Ambassadors.
The beard-grower who raised the most funds was Patrick Tom in Vietnam, who raised an impressive US$2,499.75 for the bears!
As Patrick is the husband of an Animals Asia member of staff, the prize goes to the person in second place, which is Brian Daly who raised US$1,583.46.
The winner of “Best Beard” – as judged by a completely non-partisan team at our Animals Asia headquarters – was Australia’s Andre Griffs, who not only grew a really stylish beard, he also raised US$816.89.
Where your money will go
The money raised by Beards for Bears will buy enrichment food at our sanctuaries in China and Vietnam. Enrichment food is tasty, nutritious treats that are hidden around the enclosures to enable the bears to exercise their natural instincts to forage – so your support allows the bears to be bears.
Beards for Bears will be back again in 2013, when we hope you’ll join us again to grow a beard – or cajole your friends into doing so – and help us smash this year’s fundraising total.
In the meantime, please continue to spread the word about the plight of the bears and Animals Asia’s work towards ending bear bile farming – which you can still do through our free Beards for Bears App available in the Apple and Android stores.
On behalf of the bears, thank you to everyone who helped make this campaign a success.
to our sponsors
Electronics company Philips has generously donated two prizes for the winners.
Philips Grooming Kit – One 5-in-1 Trimmer/Grooming Kit to create a stylish look.
Philips Multigroom grooming kit Pro – Top-to-toe male body grooming set.