The Body Shop Foundation Goes Ape at the Plight of Orangutans
- Published on Tuesday, 02 April 2013
The Body Shop Foundation has teamed up with Charity Challenge for a Sumatra Jungle Trek to raise funds for The Orangutan Foundation.
This month, 24 volunteers from The Body Shop and its extended family from Sweden to Asia, from The Body Shop at Home Consultants to employees working at the Head Office at Littlehampton, will come together on a quest to change lives and fight for the survival of the Sumatran orangutans.
“Its time to step up again” says Lisa Jackson, CEO of The Body Shop Foundation. “After the success of our Sahara Trek, where we raised an incredible £42,000 for WaterAid, when we heard about the plight of the orangutans we knew it was time to act again. We have an incredible network of activists – all prepared to walk their talk and raise money for the Orangutan Foundation. This challenge will see them all face their fears – from leeches, steep inclines, spiders and negotiating deep rainforest terrain, with all our challengers prepared to overcome hostile conditions to raise awareness about the survival of this magnificent great ape species.”
Joanne Laker, Fundraising Manager, is heading up the challenge “We’ve been bowled over by the enthusiasm and determination from our challengers. They are already coming up with incredible innovative fundraising ideas to support this, so we’d encourage everyone to get involved locally with their fundraising endeavours, knowing that you too can play your part to save this very special species of great ape.”
From Friday 5 April to Sunday 21 April, two groups of passionate volunteers will trek through hostile jungle terrain, covering over 35kms in intense conditions.
To follow their incredible journey, please visit their Facebook page here during the challenge times.
You can also show your support for the trekkers by donating here.