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).
Inspiring and inspired – huge backing from Aus supporters
From all of us in the Australian office – thank you to everyone who attended the events – for your faith, your generosity, your compassion and most importantly, for not closing your eyes to animal cruelty.
From the feedback we have received, Jill not only inspired everyone who saw her speak but also instilled confidence that the end of bear bile farming is within our grasp.
Animals Asia Australia – roadshow crew and Jill.
Hobart – Saturday 2 June
The Roadshow kicked off with a wonderful four-course dinner for 60 people in Hobart prepared by our favourite celebrity chef, Simon Bryant. Simon worked with local chef Terry Walker to prepare recipes from his upcoming cookbook “Vegies” and the guests just loved it! Erica Clark worked incredibly hard to pull the event together ― making the most of her extensive network of friends and contacts and it certainly paid off!
Special thanks to Andy Fisher, Alison Carter, and chef Terry Walker from the Athenaeum Club, to our charismatic MC — Tony Kennedy, to Paulette Whitney for the gorgeous (and edible) flower arrangements and hard-to-find ingredients and of course, to Simon for the most delicious meal (especially that dessert)!
Canberra – Sunday 3 June
The next day saw Jill and Jude fly into Canberra for a wonderful afternoon tea with around 60 guests at Teatro Vivaldi’s who have now hosted our Roadshow events for seven years.
After being welcomed by Moonie, guests were treated to beautiful vegetarian and vegan finger food before they were seated to hear Jill’s presentation. Many familiar faces heard the uplifting news of the people of China publicly denouncing bear bile farming and calling for more positive action to be taken within their country to further the welfare of all animals.
A perfect event again, warmly hosted by Mark and Anthony of Teatro Vivaldi, who generously donated 80% of the proceeds back to Animals Asia.
Special thanks to Kieran and Sue Fallon and the rest of the ACT Support Group for a lovely afternoon.
Sydney – “Bands for Bears II” – Monday 4 June
Another incredible night of music in aid of our bears all put together by Animals Asia Ambassador, and Australia’s most talented guitarist, Peter Northcote. More than 25 musicians gave their time and talents to make the second “Bands for Bears” concert even better than the first.
Thanks to all involved including: Peter Northcote and Virginia Lillye – Doc Neeson – Mark Gable – Darryl Beaton – Barry Leaf – Andre Kaman – Sarina Jennings – Bernie Segedin – Danny Max Young – Paul Gray – Audio Vixen – Victor Rounds – Great South Band – Genevieve Chadwick – Mick on Wheels (pictured) – Dauno Martinez – Andro Martinez – Fenix Martinez – Yanya Boston – Lloyd G – Dave Ferry – Chris Jones – Bobby Poulton – Dario Bortolin
Not to mention…David Keogh of Vida Marketing, Katja Liebing of Blue Moon Music Photography, Clint Braddick, Suzi Dhnaram, Tony from Antz Ritz Photography, Live Productions, Kyobe Peterson, Rita Turner, and Graham and Sue Blizard from Notes at Newtown who provided the perfect venue for the second year running. To the lovely Margie from Jaspers Cottage in the Blue Mountains for donating our main raffle prize and to Luke Sullivan for donating a pair of Kylie Minogue’s signed knickers – bear hugs.
Peter Northcote and Virginia Lillye at Bands for Bears II.
Peter and Mick on Wheels in action in Sydney.
Melbourne – Tuesday 5 June
Melbourne supporters have always been incredibly generous when it comes to supporting Animals Asia, and this year’s event, at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, was no exception. Over 120 guests joined our dedicated team of volunteers, lead by Bronwyn Hughes and Dr Jen O’Dwyer, for a wonderful night – and how appropriate to have Dr John Le Nepveu (aka “Bear”) as our Master of Ceremonies!
Thanks to Bronwyn, Jen, Bear, Helen McKenzie, Lindy and Dominique Chaleyer, Nicola Morris, Vanessa Pope, Karen Biviano, Niki and Siggi Bergmann and Rikki Bewley. Also special thanks to Sally Rodd who couldn’t be with us on the night but was instrumental in securing the venue and some wonderful silent auction prizes.
Adelaide – Friday 8 June
Jo presents Jill with a cheque for the phenomenal amount raised in Adelaide.
The stunning, brand-new Jarvis Subaru showroom, 230 guests, Simon Bryant and the team from the Adelaide Hilton were the key components in THE most successful fundraising event in Animals Asia’s history!
Joanna (pictured with Jill and that impressive cheque) and Richard Collins stopped at nothing to ensure Jill’s Adelaide presentation was a night to remember – with champagne from Verve Clicquot, fine wines from Koltz and Paracombe, Simon’s gourmet vegetarian fare and cool sounds from Sarah Lloyd and Jazz It Up. The auction prizes ranged from luxury weekends away to original artworks to A-reserve seats to see “One Direction” in concert and even a cruise around the Greek Islands….by all accounts it was a spectacular event with a spectacular result! Thank you Jo and Ric for going above and beyond for the bears…again.
Also, heartfelt thanks must go to Mark Bickley, Dennis Leslie, Bernard Booth, Tania Hall, Anne Murn, Anna Frayne and Belinda van Wilgenburg.
Perth – Saturday 9 June
The Hyatt Regency was the venue for our Perth event and what better way to spend an afternoon than enjoying a sumptuous “high tea” while listening to Jill’s news from China. Prior to the event starting, Channel 10 News was on hand to interview Jill and three of our lovely volunteers – Anne Ockwell, Jill Poole and Cheryl Barnes – who have been loyally supporting Animals Asia for 12 years. And once the tea, sandwiches and delicious cakes were finished, Nicholas Duncan – auctioneer extraordinaire – ensured that every single penny was extracted from bidders and every one of the beautifully presented auction items was SOLD.
Special thanks to our wonderful team of WA volunteers – Anne, Jill, Cheryl, Dale Dempsey, Elizabeth Hacker, Keith Shepherd and Zane Alexander – for staging a lovely afternoon.
Brisbane – Tuesday 12 June
Dave Austin, the brain behind Beards for Bears with Jill at the Brisbane event.
Brisbane was the last city of our Australia tour and the event had such a lovely atmosphere, it was the ideal finale! Jill’s presentation was warmly received and bidding on the silent auction items (especially those lovely paw prints) was fierce. Lea Budge, Station Manager from Radio 101 Logan, was our MC for the third year running and again her real love for the bears shone through and she never missed an opportunity to remind people they were there for a very good cause. And it was wonderful to finally meet Dave Austin, the man behind the idea for “Beards for Bears” – yet another Queenslander with an unbelievably kind heart!
Thank you Lea and Patti Alchin (also from Radio 101) and to Cats Thompson, Heidi Ganendran and Bev and Matthew Thompson for their invaluable help on the night.
In addition to the above public events, two very special couples also hosted private events in Jill’s honour while she was in Australia:
Samantha and Charlie Baillieu hosted a dinner for Jill at “Cranlana”, the stunning home of philanthropist Sidney Myer in Melbourne.
Heidi and Tony Ganendran welcomed more than 30 guests into their home south of Brisbane and gave them the rare chance for some one-on-one time with Jill.
Special thanks to the following whose support extended to all states:
The ACME Foundation who covered the cost of all flights and accommodation.
Cobe in Sydney for their wonderful designs for both the Roadshow and Bands for Bears II. All artwork was done pro bono and included posters, html emails, invitations and t-shirts.
Running Bare for donating wonderful gift packs of Australian made gym wear.
And to Nicole Bergmann for her many lovely works of "moon bear" art; to Isobelle Carmody for generously donating a huge box of her highly-accliamed novels; and to Unicorn Kisses for donating one set of "The Wish" trilogy to each event.
And to these companies who gave so generously to ensure the 2012 Australian Roadshow was another roaring success….