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THE BUDDY BEAR STORY

Everything started in Berlin in June 2001. In front of the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens – department store) the „Buddy Bear Berlin Show“ – so the title of our first Buddy Bear activity in Berlin – was launched. We wanted the people of  Berlin and the visiting tourists to enjoy the painted bear sculptures. The raised arms of the upright Buddy Bears communicated a friendly attitude and optimism. Thus the bears created a positive atmosphere from day one, which was captured on camera by tourists from all over the world on a daily basis.

The Buddy Bears were such a great success that the authorities not only suggested an extension of the street exhibition until the end of 2002, but also authorised it. At the same time, many companies and private individuals approached us and bought Buddy Bears for their home country or hometown, which increasingly turned the Buddy Bears into global ambassadors of Berlin.

From the beginning, Buddy Bear activities and help for children in need have been an inseparable unit. Through auctions, charity actions but also the possibility to purchase Buddy Bear sculptures at a preferential price against payment of a donation, over the years more than 2.3 million euros could be donated to children's aid organisations such as UNICEF, Trauerzeit, the Arche or the specially founded association Buddy Bear Help as well as various local institutions worldwide.

In addition, Buddy Bear Berlin will pass on 5% of all net sales generated in the web shop to children's charities as of January 1, 2019. This applies to all sales at the retail price shown.

Help to do good with your purchase in the Buddy Bear online shop! Buddy Bear Berlin thanks you.

For more information please visit buddy-baer.com 

 

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