Going palm-oil free for orangutans.

This special post has been written by the Orangutan Foundation’s supporters.
 “My name is Jacha Potgieter and with my wife we run a coffee shop in Betws-y-Coed, north Wales  (www.alpinecoffeeshop.net).  


Jacha cafe

 I visited Borneo in 2008 on a volunteer programme to work with the organisation and I became aware of the impact of palm oil issues.  On returning home I was shocked to see how many products contained palm oil and resolved to seek out only palm oil free goods.  Myself, Sue (our cook) and my wife started researching and sourcing palm oil free goods.  It was not an easy journey but we achieved a lot, especially  persuading the local bakery and major food wholesalers to be aware of the issue.  We are now palm oil free except for sustainable goods of which there are only four products and we plan to replace these in due course.  We make our own ice-cream.  We also support Louis Barnett from Chokolit whose products are also palm oil free. There is a permanent exhibition and information on orangutans and the foundation in the coffee shop gallery.

Jacha cafe and artwork

 This is a very hard won achievement after two years of research and non-compromise but we have enjoyed the challenge.”

 The Orangutan Foundation praises all of your hard work and efforts and is extremely grateful for your ongoing support of our work. Also, thank you for the chocolates that you sent – they arrived today and were absolutely delicious -yum!

 Here is another contribution from Sue, a supporter of the Orangutan Foundation and Jacha’s…

 “This Halloween, Gwen and Jasha Potgieter kindly let us use the outside of their coffee shop to raise  money for the Orangutan Foundation. After a wet start, children and adults alike enjoyed a great time carving pumpkins, guessing the weight of the giant pumpkin and having their faces painted! We raised £185.22 on the day adding to the grand total of £900.00 raised by them this year. It was such a success that we have already been asked back next year!!”

 Please consider supporting the work of the Orangutan Foundation by donating to our 20th Anniversary Appeal.

 Thank you!

Going ape for orangutans

Here’s a snap shot of what was going during on last week’s Orangutan Awareness Week. 

TNT, motivated their staff to join us for Orange for Orangutan day. They are also running a competition for their staff, the winner receives 2 ticket to the Hope4apes event.

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Ashley Leiman, Orangutan Foundation director gave numerous radio interveiws throughout Orangutan Awareness Week.  Listen to Ashley on BBC Scotland

Orangutans visited major London radio stations and dropped off a box of goodies, which included delicious carrot cake from Le Pain Quotidien and shortbread (palm oil free) Orangu-tangys from Paterson Arran. 

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Nick, our orangutan mascot, visits London’s radio stations to spread the word about his forest cousins.

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With Joel Ross of Kiss FM.

Thank you to everyone who did something for orangutans last week. It is not too late to help please consider making a donation.

Thank you,

Orangutan Foundation.

Orangutan Awareness Week

It is Orangutan Awareness Week and what better way to start than by visiting Brian Matthew’s orangutan picture gallery at BBC Wildlife Magazine’s website. Here’s a taster….

Endangered Bornean female orangutan with infant

Its not too late to join in the week, why not take part in Orange for Orangutan Day on Wednesday 10th November – a fun and easy way to raise awareness and funds for the  endangered orangutan.

Do something for orangutans this week and donate to our 20th Anniversary Appeal!

News from the field to follow this week…

Thank you,

Orangutan Foundation, London office











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