I was so disappointed to miss our friends ophthalmologists Claudia and David, plus Emily and James from the Animal Health Trust just recently when they joined our teams in both Vietnam and China to help our poorly sighted bears.
Supporters Laititia and Davide left their home town in Switzerland no less than three years ago to begin an amazing bike-riding expedition. So far they have covered 18,000 kms and are just about to enter China for the next 2,000kms of their incredible journey.
... and after Amy in the UK used her art and talent to help the bears, Julie from Toronto used her passion while on a photography tour of China to help them too.
Every so often a story comes our way that again confirms my belief that things come full-circle. Here's one from the UK.
Sally Taylor, our lovely Bear Manager in Chengdu, swapped out her Wellington boots for rather posher footwear on April 28th when she married Geoff in the UK.
The past few weeks have a been a crazy round of presentations and events in New York, London and Italy, with barely a moment for catching our breath. The highlight of course has been seeing so many old friends, and meeting new supporters of the bears, dogs and cats, where we've been able to convey the reality of the progress across China.
Just recently, an incredible event in Beijing gathered together local cat-protection groups from across the country and saw various experts discussing TNR – or trap, neuter, release.
For those supporters in Hong Kong, please join me and some of the gang from our Hong Kong office tomorrow night for the launch of a great new CD in support of the bears.
For the first time, Animals Asia now has a "Charity Emporium" which, as our UK Director Gill Maltby explains, is unlike any charity shop she has ever seen. Thanks to super supporter Denise Jacobs, who has been instrumental in getting the shop off the ground, it has opened to enormous fanfare in Western-Super-Mare.
Many of you may remember that I recently posted a blog about Jeannette Jaussi from Switzerland and her visit to our bear sanctuary in Vietnam. Jeannette is part of VZUT, an amazing support group of Swiss friends in the beautiful city of Bern, who dedicate their lives to helping the bears. They have flea markets, Klausen Sacklies, and even make delicious homemade cakes that are personally delivered by Santa Claus at Christmas!