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).
Animals Asia supporters confront their fears to raise money for the bears
Planes, parachutes and ….. spiders?
Cathy Nicholl meets Rosy at Marwell Zoo.
There must be something in the air this April, or maybe it has something to do with “mad dogs and Englishmen out in the midday sun” but five devoted Animals Asia supporters confronted their fears and literally put their lives on the line in support of our lucky rescued bears in China and Vietnam.
At Marwell Zoo, Cathy Nicholl had the innovative idea of raising sponsorship by meeting her fear of spiders head on. Cathy has even been hypnotized in the past in an attempt to get over her terror but it did not work. So she contacted Marwell Zoo and got their agreement to handle a rather large spider called Rosy. We are happy to report that all went well and Cathy succeeded in her hair-raising fundraising task. Thank you Cathy!
Just down the road in Swindon, the skydiving centre was a frenzy of activity as first Linda Burr, from Southampton, jumped out of a plane on 3 April, followed by Sarah Chilvers, Louise Wack and Teresa Greene on 5 April.
These are their stories, in their own words:
Linda Burr: "Last year my friend Emily did a sky dive for the Moon Bears and so I decided to do one for them as well this year. I then signed up for the Animals Asia Foundation challenge in Vietnam trekking through the Northern hills. I decided to do my skydive in order to help raise the funds needed to take part in the trek. It is also a brilliant way of raising the profile of the moon bears. I think doing the sky dive is the best thing I have ever done in my life and it has raised a lot of money for the bears so it has achieved everything I hoped it would”.
Linda takes her dive for the bears.
Sarah leaps confidently into the great unknown.
Sarah Chilvers: “Well I have to say that yesterday was the most scary day of my life but also the most amazing experience..........no I will never do it again!”
“I am now suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. I think Teresa felt the same as me but adrenalin junkie Lou loved it. We got lots of lovely honey money for the bears so it was worth every terrifying minute.”
Sarah, Louise and Teresa prepare to take to the skies in Swindon.
Louise Wack: “IT WAS AMAZING.... I would do it again..... it was nowhere near as bad as I had thought originally... all those sleepless nights for nothing! As you know Sarah and Teresa weren't so enthusiastic... so don't think they'll be joining me!”
We are so grateful to all of them. As Jill Robinson said afterwards:
“Your face says it all Sarah – just amazing, all of you. Thank you all for being so creative - and brave – in your fundraiser for the bears. I shudder to think what next!”