Armadale boy has heart of gold to save bears
2 Sep 12 @ 06:00am by Holly McKay, Stonnington Leader Newspaper VIC
Kobe Gold 10 from Armadale helped raise $2500 to name and sponsor a bear from the Free the Bears sanctuary in Laos. Picture: STEVEN CRABTREE.
AN Armadale boy is urging Stonnington residents to help save the bears after learning about the horrific living environments while on a family holiday last year.
Since visiting Laos, Kobe Gold has spent all his spare time raising money and awareness about the Free the Bears sanctuary.
The 10-year-old even went without birthday presents, asking family and friends to instead donate money, raising $2500 to save an orphaned bear which has been named after him.
Kobe, who attends Mount Scopus Memorial College, said he couldn’t believe people would mistreat bears.
“I realised that soon if people keep acting like that there won’t be any more animals,” he said. ”So I started raising money to try and help all the bears.”
Kobe said he hoped people realised they needed to help now before it was too late.
“People need to act now or there won’t be any others.”