If you’ve seen an orangutan in Blackheath, it’s probably because Daniel, a Blackheath local, has been dressing up, and lurking outside Sainsbury’s, trying to raise funds to conserve them. I just hope he didn’t have to take a 108 bus full of school kids… He writes:
Volunteers for the Great Orang-utan Project do not receive any form of funding, and are therefore required to raise the entire amount. The basic cost of the project is £1599 per volunteer, making the total cost £3198. This excludes insurance, flights and other expenses.
The cost of the project contributes to conservation projects made by the wildlife centre, and helps to employ experts, train locals and improve the conservation efforts through education and research programmes.
So far, as a result of our fundraising we have managed to raise £327 towards our target. Sainsburys Greenwich showed their support by allowing us to use the entrance of their store to collect from the public on Saturday 18th October. The day was a huge success, having donned an Orangutan suit for the entire day we managed to raise £260.21! We also received a personal donation of £25 from our local MEP. The rest of the funds were made up from car boot sales and on-line auctions.
We are currently appealing to all local business, individuals and Associations for help in any way. Whether it be a monetary donation, a fund-raising event, donating stock or unwanted gifts that we can be auctioned on-line, anything that can help us take one step closer to achieving our target.
Soon we will also be opening an account on the website www.auctionofpromises.com which allows people to donate a promise or item (like the promise of the use of a Rolls Royce for the day for example) and people bid for that promise.
If possible we would like to highlight that if anybody would like further information or feels they can help us achieve our target, they should contact us via the following e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
It looks like an interesting project, and whilst the animals aren’t in Blackheath, the fund raising is, so if you can help out, please drop them email to find out more.