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United Buddy Bears are on a world tour with support and logistics

Schenker Australia – Official Logistics Provider for the United Buddy Bears (UBB)

United Buddy Bears are on a world tour with support and logistics expertise from Schenker

In the spirit of fostering greater understanding and unity throughout the world,124 life-sized ‘Buddy Bears’ will represent as many member states of the United Nations in Sydney from March to April 2006. The bears, which were individually designed by artists from the various countries, will stand together hand in hand promoting a message of peaceful coexistence, tolerance and international understanding between different nations and cultures.

In 2003, this project was initiated by Eva and Dr. Klaus Herlitz. Since then, the Buddy Bears have been on a tour around the world with exhibitions in Berlin, Kitzbühel, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Tokyo and Seoul.

Right from the start in Berlin, Schenker has been supplying logistics know-how for the friendly bears to ensure their safe journey around the world. For the recent trip from South Korea to Sydney, Schenker and Hamburg Süd teamed up to deliver the unique Buddy Bears to Sydney's Circular Quay.

Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit said: “Our Buddy Bears have traveled many thousands of miles, visited many different countries, and delighted countless people. Now they have arrived ‘down under’. Along with the bears, I would like to send my very best regards from Germany’s capital city to the people of Sydney.”

The United Buddy Bears will stand in a chain between the Overseas Passenger Terminal and Circular Quay. This fantastic location coupled with the very attractive exhibition is expected to attract many thousands of visitors.

Klaus Wowereit continues: “Anyone who falls in love with the Buddy Bears can buy one of his or her own when the bears go up for auction. The proceeds help to support UNICEF Australia. I hope the people of Sydney and their many visitors will be able to enjoy a few hours of fun and reflection with Berlin’s Buddy Bears.”

The friendly bears, the varied, colorful designs and the International theme have already found millions of enthusiastic fans. In Tokyo alone, over three million visitors were counted in a few weeks and in the context of the non-commercial exhibitions and events, more than one million Euros (1.8 million AUD) has been raised in aid of UNICEF and local child relief organisations.

Ron Koehler, Managing Director Schenker in Australia and New Zealand said: “Schenker is very pleased to be able to support the United Buddy Bear activities to help children in need. As a global organisation we see it as our responsibility to provide our logistics expertise to a good cause like this extraordinary event.”

All funds raised from the Australian tour will be donated to UNICEF Australia.

Schenker Australia was established in 1962 in Sydney and provides a complete range of international air and sea freight forwarding together with integrated logistics services from its premises in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and a subsidiary office in Auckland, New Zealand.

With annual sales of 8 billion euros, 39,000 employees and about 1,100 offices around the world, Schenker is one of the world's leading providers of integrated logistics services, offering land operations, air and sea freight as well as comprehensive logistics solutions and global supply chain management from a single source. Schenker is a part of DB Logistics, the Transportation and Logistics Division of Deutsche Bahn AG.

Exhibition details:

Date: 8th March – 5th April

Venue: Overseas Passenger Terminal and Circular Quay, Sydney Australia

If you would like to adopt a bear please click here:


Become a Partner for the United Buddy Bears (UBB) in Sydney Sponsorship Proposal


Sydney, 20/01/2006



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