Through Helen Wong’s fondness of the endangered giant panda, she is inviting travel agents and their families to join her for the showing of movie Sneezing Baby Panda, to be screened in Sydney on Sunday, May 18.
The China specialist, whose company Helen Wong’s Tours was established 27 years ago, has booked one of the cinemas at Events Cinemas, George Street, for the 10.30am screening, including free popcorn for all.
Helen warns though that you will need to be quick as these tickets are expected to be snapped up swiftly.
Eight years ago Helen Wong “adopted” a newly-born giant panda in China to help inject much-needed funds into the preservation and breeding research program in Chengdu.
Immediately after signing a sponsorship agreement, a campaign was launched through a major Sydney newspaper to find a suitable name for the baby girl.
Ultimately the name Ankali was accepted and given to the bundle of joy.
“A school teacher and mother of two from Blayney in country NSW came up with the name, which seemed appropriate having just seen the baby panda only weeks before on a recent visit to the Chengdu Breeding and Research Centre,” said Helen, founder and managing director of Helen Wong’s Tours.
“Ankali seemed perfect as it was an aboriginal word meaning ‘friend’ – an Australian name that stood for something very special,” she said. “We had a healthy number of good entries that came close, names such as Banjo, Bindi and Bonza Lass. But I felt Ankali was the one, and it has remained that way ever since.”
A visit to the breeding sanctuary to see a fit and healthy Ankali first hand is featured in a number of Helen Wong’s Tours group tours.