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Free The Bears Ltd

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  • 12Fundraisers
  • 64Donors
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Top Individuals
  • AUD $704
  • Maria Dunne
  • AUD $530
  • Kelly Hobbs
  • AUD $503
  • Kylie Steinbeck
Top Teams
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  • Maria Dunne
  • AUD $0
  • Running to help 'Free the Bears'
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  • Kylie's Free the Bears fundraiser

Free the Bears mission is to protect, preserve and enrich the lives of bears throughout the world. Over the past 25 years we've helped rescue over 950 bears. We currently operate rescued bear sanctuaries in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos and care for over 500 rescued bears. We've helped bring the centuries old Indian 'dancing' bear tradition to an end, removing over 500 bears from the streets of India and providing alternative livelihoods to the nomadic Kalandar gypsy families who had forced the bears to beg (the first Kalander student recently graduated university).

We work closely with our government partners to strengthen wildlife laws and enforcement and run education programmes which have helped hundreds of thousands of people learn of the importance of wildlife conservation. Our research and cub care programmes are world leaders, providing invaluable learnings which will help conserve the vulnerable bear species we work with - sun bears (the world's smallest and least understood bear species), moon bears (or Asiatic black bears) and Indian sloth bears.

Free the Bears began after our founder, Perth grandmother Mary Hutton, learnt of the horrific practice of bile extraction of caged moon bears in Asia. Since this time we've rescued many bears from the bear bile trade and prevented the industry getting a foothold in Cambodia. In the coming years we hope to see an end to bear bile extraction and farming in Vietnam and Laos, where just under 1,000 bears are still kept in terrible circumstances.

Despite our achievements, we have a long way to go to ensure the bears and other wildlife of SE Asia are protected and preserved. With limited suitable habitat available, our commitment to the rescued bears at our sanctuaries is lifelong, which can last up to 40 years. This requires a huge financial commitment - any help you can give is greatly appreciated. Please donate or register as a Bear Carer, and please come to visit our sanctuaries and see what we've been able to achieve. Thank you.

Fundraising Opportunities

Melbourne Marathon 2019

Sydney Running Festival 2019

Noosa Classic 2019

City 2 Surf 2019

Sunshine Coast Marathon 2019

Bundaberg Sugar | Cane2Coral 2019 10th Anniversary

Stadium Stomp Gabba 2019

Stadium Stomp MCG 2019

Stadium Stomp Adelaide Oval 2019

Stadium Stomp SCG 2019

SMH Half Marathon

NAB RunWest 2019

Port to Pub 2019

Bowral Classic 2018

Bowral Classic 2019

Melbourne Marathon 2018

Pub 2 Pub 2018

Noosa Classic 2018

Bridge to Brisbane 2018

City2Surf 2018

Run Melbourne 2018

The Color Run 2018 | Melbourne DAY

Twilight Running Festival 2018

Clare Classic 2018

The Color Run 2018 | Canberra

Run Warrandyte

The Color Run 2017 | Perth

The Color Run 2017 | Townsville

The Color Run 2017 | Sydney (August)

Vietnam & Cambodia Cycle - Adventure Charity Challenge

Trek Great Wall - Adventure Charity Challenge

Huma Trek Everest Base Camp Open Challenge

Huma Trek Inca Trail Open Challenge

The Color Run Night | Sydney 2017

The Color Run 2017 | Gold Coast

Twilight Running Festival 2017

Walk Larapinta Charity Open Challenge

Clare Classic 2020

Mudgee Classic 2020

McDonalds Brisbane Marathon

Swimming for a cause

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We are getting married

Giving Season Appeal

Melbourne Marathon 2019

Sydney Running Festival 2019

Noosa Classic 2019

City 2 Surf 2019

Sunshine Coast Marathon 2019

Bundaberg Sugar | Cane2Coral 2019 10th Anniversary

Stadium Stomp Gabba 2019

Stadium Stomp MCG 2019

Stadium Stomp Adelaide Oval 2019

Stadium Stomp SCG 2019

SMH Half Marathon

NAB RunWest 2019

Port to Pub 2019

Bowral Classic 2018

Bowral Classic 2019

Melbourne Marathon 2018

Pub 2 Pub 2018

Noosa Classic 2018

Bridge to Brisbane 2018

City2Surf 2018

Run Melbourne 2018

The Color Run 2018 | Melbourne DAY

Twilight Running Festival 2018

Clare Classic 2018

The Color Run 2018 | Canberra

Run Warrandyte

The Color Run 2017 | Perth

The Color Run 2017 | Townsville

The Color Run 2017 | Sydney (August)

Vietnam & Cambodia Cycle - Adventure Charity Challenge

Trek Great Wall - Adventure Charity Challenge

Huma Trek Everest Base Camp Open Challenge

Huma Trek Inca Trail Open Challenge

The Color Run Night | Sydney 2017

The Color Run 2017 | Gold Coast

Twilight Running Festival 2017

Walk Larapinta Charity Open Challenge

Clare Classic 2020

Mudgee Classic 2020

McDonalds Brisbane Marathon

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Recent Fundraisers

  • Kelly Hobbs
  • Melbourne Marathon Festival 2012
  • AUD $530.00
  • Maria Dunne
  • The Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2011
  • AUD $475.00
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Recent Donors

  • AUD $53.00
  • Helen Eyles
  • AUD $10.60
  • Trudy Querin
  • AUD $21.20
  • Anonymous
  • AUD $21.20
  • Sharon Tripi
  • AUD $53.00
  • Donna Cains
  • AUD $10.60
  • Tristen Vella

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