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Thank you!

I’ve just arrived in Swindon, England with Christie Yang, our China Relations Director, and we’re starting our UK Roadshow here tonight. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be giving back-to-back presentations to update our wonderful British supporters on the latest China bear rescue and earthquake relief efforts – so I hope you understand if I don’t have much time for blogging.

But before we kick off the roadshow tonight, please let me thank the founder/president of the Compassion for Animals Foundation in the US, Gil Michaels and to the Humane Society International, who have also made generous donations to our Earthquake Relief efforts. This support has helped us to rescue well over 100 dogs and several cats from the earthquake zone – many of them much-loved family pets that we will look after until their owners can take them back.

I’d also like to say a long-overdue “thank you” to a number of Hong Kong supporters, who have been amazing over the past couple of months.

First, lovely Albert Wu of the Maxim's Group, who has funded a much-needed digital X-ray machine for our China bears. Kindness clearly run in Albert’s family as his niece has also shown her support, with a another donation for our earthquake relief efforts.

Another wonderful Hong Konger, Joe Hancock, who along with two of his mates organised a fantastic fundraiser for us in JJs at the end of last year, was one of the most enthusiastic bidders at out recent fundraiser at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong. We thought he must have already emptied his pockets, but then Joe produced a cheque to help us rebuilding our earthquake-damaged sanctuary buildings. Wow, Joe, what can I say?

Hong Kong investment company Green Dragon Fund has also been incredibly generous, funding an entire bear house at our new sanctuary in Vietnam.

And finally, a huge thanks to lovely Elsa Xiong, the journalist from Wen Wei Po newspaper who won the “Best Writing” prize in the Hong Kong News Awards for her series of articles on the horrors of bear farming. Elsa has just donated half of her prize-winnings to the Moon Bear Rescue. The other half went to charity too.

These incredibly kind gestures mean so much to us at this critical time.

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