Ceci (age 14) and Davey (age 10) Howes held their annual “Save the Pandas” Fundraiser on September 4, 2017 in Winnipeg, Canada. It is a fun-filled event with panda cupcakes, marshmallows, emPANaDAs cooked in an outdoor wood-fire oven, and lots of panda-themed games. They are thrilled that for the 5th straight year, they raised enough money to adopt a panda through Pandas International. In total, Ceci and Davey have raised $4,310 over the past 5 years! Ceci and Davey held their first fundraiser in 2013, after they spent a month in Chengdu. While in Chengdu, they visited the Chengdu Panda Base several times. This led them to research pandas and the reasons pandas became an endangered species. Ever since then, they like to share information about pandas and what everyone can do to protect their favorite animal and safeguard the environment pandas need to survive. Ceci and Davey also enjoy involving friends in their annual fundraiser and are thankful for the support of various communities.
Port Allen Elementary School in Port Allen, Louisiana, initiated a fund raiser to adopt a panda from Pandas International. Their school mascot is the giant panda and the staff thought it was important for the children to learn about endangered and vulnerable species as well as be a part of a giving campaign that would unite the school for a good cause. Students in Kindergarten - 2nd grade learned all about pandas, observed them on the panda cams, and worked on projects for the fundraising event. Penny cans were placed in every classroom and the second graders researched and made informational posters to place around the school. Kindergartners made panda artwork to sell, and classes from head start through second grade brought in pennies daily. Port Allen Elementary reached their goal in October and they are so excited to adopt Chu Xin (1st Love), and they hope to make this an annual event! Thank you to the amazing students and staff at Port Allen for making a huge difference in helping us to save the Giant Pandas.
Third grade students from Vista Verde made posters and commercials to advertise their collection efforts school-wide. Parents were involved by collecting at their work. Past students collected bottles and helped build awareness in the community. The money, collected from the bottles, was donated to Pandas International. These amazing third graders were able to raise $350! Thank you for you for your generous donation and efforts in helping to save the environment and the Giant Pandas.
Aaron wanted to help the pandas "score" at his sports themed party. He asked for donations instead of presents to help Pandas International for the second year in a row. Thanks to the generosity of friends and family, he collected $350 to donate this year! Thank you Aaron for your continued support and generosity!
Lizzie started a Panda Club at Brier Terrace Middle School where she and her friends, Danni, Jonni, Alea, David and Jaden discussed panda issues and made panda bracelets from black and white bands to raise funds for Pandas International. At the school’s recent culture fair, Lizzie set up a booth with panda goodies and lots of information about pandas. She also printed out the downloads from Pandas International so that guests could color and learn about panda conservancy. She sold the bracelets that she and her friends made in the Panda Club raising $100.95 in donations. Thank you Lizzie for your dedication and wonderful support.
Four 4th graders participated in a project called Mustang big Give. Each group chose a charity, then sold items at a school event ranging from 10 cents to $1. These 4th graders sold duck tape wallets, rainbow loom panda pencil toppers, and raffle tickets to win a panda iPod case and a panda stuffed animal! They worked really hard and enjoyed raising the money. Haley, Lily, Kaitlyn and Ineta were able to raise over $200! Thank you girls for your hard work, for caring about the Giant Pandas and for making a difference!
Sarah made a sign for her campaign and her pet pandas helped. With her passion for saving pandas, she raised $50.00 for Pennies 4 Pandas. She set up a booth at her ice skating exhibition and invited guests to donate during her birthday party. This was her first time raising money for any type of cause, she looks forward to having greater success in the future. Thank you Sarah for helping the Giant Pandas.
El Camino High School’s Animal Club had a vision to help save beloved giant pandas from extinction. We were determined to raise funds in support of Pandas International, even if it meant one coin at a time. From there, we thought of the slogan--Pennies For Pandas. Our club members came together and made unique donation jars. We asked members to carry jars around schools and hopefully raise some funds from classmates and teachers. It was the perfect opportunity to talk about the cause and explain the critical situation pandas were facing. In addition we raised awareness through school posters and announcements. We were pleasantly surprised by the numerous support we received from our school community. In the end we counted over $200 . ECHS Animal Club is happy to help out Pandas International. One penny at a time. Thank you to everyone at ECHS Animal Club for helping to save the Giant Pandas.
Logan is 5 years old and a huge Giant Panda fan. She found Pandas International when she was looking for ideas on how she could help the animals she loves so much. She was so happy to find that Pandas International is so close to Denver. She read about Pennies 4 Pandas, and since then, Logan was determined to raise some money to help. She decided to clean out her old toys and sell them. With her idea, she managed to raise 59 dollars to donate to Pandas International! We are so proud of her. She has already spread the word about Pandas and is also working on another fundraising idea with a friend. Thank you Logan for your generosity and help with saving the Giant Pandas.
Aiden turned 8 yrs old on April 9. Aiden has many gifts and one of those gifts is Autism. His autism allows him to focus on certain things with great interest and one of those things for him are Panda's! Aiden loves learning about everything Panda! This year for his birthday he has asked that he not receive gifts but donations to help protect his beloved Panda's. One day we will make to it to China for Aiden to study and visit with Pandas in their natural habitat. Thank you for all that you do to protect and educate about these amazing animals! Through Aiden's birthday party he was able to raise $458! These donations will help to purchase almost 16 pounds of formula to help feed the cubs and elderly pandas at the panda centers in China! Thank you Aiden for caring so much about the Pandas and for making such a big difference.