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).
In one of the largest gatherings so far for one of our Fun Days, our co-ordinators Jasmine & Claire, along with over 30 volunteers ,played host to 170 children at the Ma On Shan Ling Liang Primary School - Lee On Estate, Ma On Shan.
The children were invited from a number of different organisations across Hong Kong, including:
HKCYS Chung On Small Group Home
Saviour Lutheran Primary School
PC Sha Kok Small Group Home
International Social Service Branch HK
Ma On Shan Ling Liang Primay School students
Over 30 volunteers consisting of our veteran Professor Paws teachers as well as bright-eyed, newly-recruited volunteers helped out with teaching the Chinese & English classes, as well as with general supervision of the children and the many Professor Paws in attendance.
After meeting up in the school hall, and sorting the children into 10 different animal groups, they split up into classrooms to participate in one hour of the Fun English lesson, singing the pet cadet song, colouring in their animal picture, and playing card games all related to caring for animals.
After snacks and a break, and having watched our 'Friends or Food DVD', the groups then swapped to have an hour of Chinese lessons where they completed worksheets teaching them the importance of pet care and compassion for animals, and learnt about dogs jobs!
Most importantly, they had the opportunity in the classroom to sit and interact with their "Professor", learning how to brush, pet, feed and walk their dog.
After both lessons had been completed, all groups returned to the hall for more fun and games! The Hong Kong Police Dog Unit were invited to give a demonstration to the children on dog training and obedience. There, with the help of the officers and their Belgian Shepherds, the children learned just how intelligent dogs are. Two lucky children who paid attention to what the police dogs names were, had the chance to have a one-on-one picture session with them!
More prizes were given to children who could answer a series of questions asked by our MC regarding pet care and animal welfare.
All was not lost for children who did not have the opportunity to answer - the colouring competition came up next - Claire and Jasmine walked through the groups of children assessing which groups did the best at colouring their assigned animal picture. The winners were all given fully equipped stationary packs to take home.
The last opportunity for children who hadn't won anything yet, all relied upon how enthusiastic their performance of the Pet Cadet Song was! As the hall split into two groups, each side performed the song
along with their teachers, and after several times around with the song, the winners were announced and of course, every child went home with a special prize at the end of the day.
With the help of our dedicated volunteers, staff, and our wonderful "Professors", the children left with smiles from ear to ear and with the knowledge that animals have feelings, and need and deserve to be loved and cared for, just like the rest of us.