My name is Jayne and I turned 11 years old in February of this year. Every year since I was 5 I have chosen to raise money to donate to animal charities for my birthday. Usually I have a collection jar at my birthday party and the invitation asks people to donate instead of giving me gifts. This year, because of Covid, I was not able to have a birthday party, but I knew I wanted to raise money for pandas. I chose pandas because I know they are endangered, and no one wants to lose those sweet little orca bears from the world. 😊 The majority of the stuffed animals that I keep in my bed are pandas. My family loves pandas so much we all have panda stuffies. Since I couldn’t have a party and send invitations asking for donations this year, I raised the money by reaching out to friends, family and family friends through email and asking them to donate money to Pandas International and The World Wildlife Foundation for my birthday. I also had my mom post about my birthday fundraiser on Facebook. I raised more money than I usually do and was able to give $150 to Pandas International. I am so happy that Pandas International is working so hard to care for these wonderful animals. I hope more people will get involved and make sure that the pandas get all the help and support that they need. Thank you Jayne for your dedication and help to save the giant pandas.
Sophie, Lucy, Faith, Jessica, Alana and Marta helped the pandas. They are from Northern Ireland and wanted to save the pandas because they love animals. They also think they are cute and playful. These classmates worked for 6 days and sold stuff like key rings, pom-poms, tassels, bookmarks, charms, badges, bracelets and sweets. They have named their group The Panda Appeal and raised £155.88. Thank you to The Panda Appeal for your help in saving the giant panda.
Hi, my name is Olivia, and I am 8 years old. This summer, I learned that pandas are going extinct. I also learned that pandas only eat bamboo. But, bamboo is being cut down which means there is less food for the pandas to eat, and that’s part of the reason they are going extinct. After learning about this, that’s when I knew I had to help the pandas. Because of this, I decided when I had a birthday party with my friends this summer, I did not need gifts. Instead, I asked people to donate money to help save the pandas. I really wanted to help them. I raised $100, and I was able to sponsor two pandas through Pennies 4 Pandas. I think it’s important to help save animals in our world because every single animal is part of our ecosystem, which means that every single animal has a part in the ecosystem. Without one part of our ecosystem, other parts may come crashing down. For example, if fish were gone, then bears would not have fish for food, so then they might go extinct. That’s why it is important to protect all of the animals in the ecosystem. So please donate money for pandas. It will help the pandas and our ecosystem a lot. Thank you Olivia for your generosity and help with saving the giant pandas.
During lockdown we decided to raise money for your charity. We are four cousins (aged 7,8,9 and 11 years old) and we live in two different households. To raise the money, we ran 1864 meters (one meter for every panda living in the wild) every day for ten days and asked friends and family to sponsor us. We sold plants out the front of our houses and Eve made t-shirts with drawings of pandas on for us to wear when we did our run. We wanted to raise money for you because we love animals and wanted to save them and their habitat. We raised £383! We look forward to hearing from you and hope that our money helps save pandas in the wild. From Eve, Merryn, Reuben and Sam Wealthy
We knew this year's 11th birthday celebration would be unlike any other due to the pandemic; however, two things remained constant. One was our son's love of giant pandas - he asked for donations instead of gifts again this year. The second was the kindness of our friends and family. Thanks to their generosity, Aaron's five year fundraising total surpassed $2000. He also received a wonderful surprise after winning the Pandas International donation raffle - a 4 week old baby panda plush arrived just in time for Aaron's actual birthday! Thank you Aaron for your endless support for the giant pandas.
Lyra Robinson had her 11th birthday on February 12. It was at the Bronx Zoo! Lyra invited 4 friends, along with her twin sister, Ripley. In the picture above, Lyra is the one wearing the panda sweater, and her sister has the sunglasses. Instead of spending money on gifts, she asked her guests to donate that money to Pandas International. Lyra’s party guests raised $65. But in terms of her whole birthday, they raised $174.53 for the pandas! Thank you Lyra and friends for helping the Pandas.
After an amazing opportunity getting to interact with a panda in China last year, my daughter, Karin, decided to dedicate her 7th birthday party to Pandas International. Instead of receiving gifts, she asked for donations for your organization. She received $219 in donations and was able to spread the word about saving the pandas. Thank you Karin for helping the Giant Pandas.
For the third year in a row, Emma has created her own shop to sell goods in order to raise money to help save pandas. Featured in this year's shop were homemade confetti cupcakes, decorated to look like pandas, and a comic book about Super Panda, written and illustrated by Emma. Emma's passion for pandas goes back several years and has only intensified since seeing pandas at the National Zoo, and feeding them at Zoo Atlanta. Emma hopes to visit China when she is a little older, and her dream is to hold a baby panda. Emma raised almost $400. Thank you for your continued dedication to helping save the giant panda.
Two best friends, 3rd graders Piper (8 years old) and Riley (9 years old) participated in their school's annual Kindness Awareness Day to raise money for Pandas International and were able to donate $118 after just one day! After reading Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park and learning the unreal news that at the time of the book's publication there were only about 1000 living Giant Pandas, Piper knew she had to help support the panda population. Riley, a life-long panda lover jumped in to help save the day! Riley and Piper worked hard making signs, posters, clay pandas, and pandas made from pipe cleaners to sell on the big day. Piper and Riley are super excited to donate money to Pandas International and become panda protectors, a very important job indeed. Thank you Piper and Riley for your dedication and help for the Giant Pandas.