You can adopt one of 500 adorable pandas at this Metro Vancouver Mall

Aug 30 2018, 9:55 pm

Just over two months ago, an adorable army of pandas occupied the Aberdeen Mall.

The giant panda bear art exhibit took over the main atrium and was dubbed ‘Pandaland,’ featuring a family of giant origami pandas ranging from 3 ft to 10 ft tall, and 500 fuzzy plush versions of the black and white bears.

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The atrium underwent a full transformation from shopping plaza to panda bear habitat, equipped with turf, large boulders, and fake bamboo.

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Now, for two days only, the 500 plush pandas are being put up for ‘adoption’ – an initiative put on by Aberdeen Centre to benefit a local charitable organization – Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG).

Next weekend, from Saturday, September 8 to Sunday, September 9, anyone who visits the mall between 12 to 4 pm will be able to take a panda home for just $25. Be warned though! You’ll need to bring cash if you’re looking to leave with a new friend.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the RCRG’s Richmond Christmas Fund program, which supports families in need over the fast-approaching holiday season.

“The exhibit was hugely popular,” says Ed Gavsie, CEO President and CEO of RCRG. “We’re hoping that people who came and saw it – or saw photos on social media – will return to the mall and take a panda home. They’re so cute, it’s kind of hard to resist.”

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Last year, with the help of nearly 120 volunteers and hundreds of donors, the organization was able to help over 2,100 low-income residents of Metro Vancouver, giving them grocery vouchers, toys, books, and gift cards.

Purchase a Panda at Aberdeen Centre

Where: Aberdeen Centre – 4151 Hazelbridge Way, Richmond

When: Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, 2018

Time: 12 to 4 pm, both days

Cost: $25, cash only

with files from Kenneth Chan 

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