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A heart for bears

As you know, from the start of this month to the end of September, supporters around the world are holding Honey Money Days to help us raise money for the rescued bears.

I’ve just heard about one very special event that will long be remembered in the picturesque town of Burgdorf in Emmental, Switzerland.

Our lovely Swiss supporter, Andrea Kilcher (above) who visited our Chengdu sanctuary in 2007, recently married her handsome beau, Beat Friedli – and a close friend of Andrea surprised the bride and groom with a wonderful idea that made their special day even more special – by including the moon bears!

Andrea’s friend printed “dollar” notes with a picture of a bear on one side and a picture of Andrea and Beat on the other, and sold them off to their delighted wedding guests, who were more than happy to join in the fun. Thenotes were inscribed with the words: “We have a heart for bears” and the date of their wedding.

The lovely wedding guests raised a total of 700 Swiss francs, which was gratefully (and tearfully) accepted by Andrea to pass on to the bears who mean so much to her. This money will go towards our Honey Money Days project – building a new bear house in Chengdu.

Andrea and Beat, and all you lovely people who were guests at their wedding, thank you so much for this truly kind gesture – and all the very best for a long and happy life together from the whole team at Animals Asia (especially our bears in Chengdu!)

PS: If you’d like to hold your own event to help us build a new house for our China bears, it’s not too late! If you haven’t yet organised your own Honey Money Day fundraiser, please take a look here www.animalsasia.org/honeymoneydays or contact you local Animals Asia office if you’d like more information.

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