The Foundation's 2002 Summer Appeal was once again a great success, with over £3,700.00 raised through a percentage of sales from the On Top of the World exhibition, donations, and ticket sales in the prize draw. The Winner of the first prize of an original painting was Mrs Edwards of Matlock, and her picture was presented to her by Pollyanna.
The money raised was donated to purchase equipment for the Born Free Orphan Polar Bear rescue project. Pollyanna has a long standing association with the charity, having first travelled to India to visit their project sites in 1990. The polar bear rescue scheme based in Churchill is the only project which aims to re-release orphaned polar bears back into the wild. Number one of Pollyanna's brand new limited edition print featuring polar bears was donated to be auctioned at the Born Free Foundations annual gala evening to further boost their fund-raising.
The Pollyanna Pickering Foundation also joined with the Brigitte Bardot Foundation to call for the immediate cessation of seal hunting in Canada. Visit www.fondationbrigittebardot.fr/uk petition to learn more about the campaign.
Letters of protest should be sent to :
The Prime Minister
Mr Jean Chrétien
80 Rue Wellington
"I am absolutely bowled over! What a fantastic contribution you have sent to us following your exhibition 'On Top of the World'. I know that Allison Hood, who runs our polar bear project will be over the moon. Thank you very , very much from us all.'
Virginia McKenna, The Born Free Foundation