We will be raising much needed funds for two very special charities during our Kilimanjaro climb and we thought it was important to give you some more information about them.
ORANGUTAN APPEAL UK
Orangutan Appeal UK was founded in 2000 by Sue Sheward MBE and has grown rapidly from just a commitment to help, to have been awarded official charity status. Orangutan Appeal UK works tirelessly to help the endangered orangutan. They are dedicated to providing a sustainable future for the species through rehabilitation and conservation of their rainforest habitat; and by raising awareness of the plight of this great ape across the world. The Appeal identifies specific needs and then adopts them as projects. Each project is funded and managed by the Appeal with goods, services and labour sourced locally wherever possible.
Why not keep up to date with the fantastic work the Appeal is doing by checking out their website and social media pages. You can adopt an orangutan via their website, which makes a fabulous gift for any age and you will be helping an orangutan on their rehabilitation journey.
APE ACTION AFRICA
Some of you may be familiar with Ape Action Africa's project as the Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund. CWAF was established in 1996 as a UK charity and its primary objective was to improve living conditions for primates housed at Mvog Betsi Zoo in Yaounde, Cameroon. During 12 years of operation, CWAF expanded its mission significantly to provide sanctuary for wild orphans of the illegal bushmeat and pet trades in Cameroon.
CWAF has meant a lot over the years to their dedicated staff and supporters, but they took the decision in 2009 to move forward with a name that reflected their commitment to great ape protection and aligned them more closely with their goals:
Ape...to provide sanctuary for individual, endangered primates orphaned by the illegal bushmeat and pet trades Action...to actively rescue orphaned primates, providing rehabilitation and long term care in a protected environment. Africa...to work closely with the Cameroonian people to protect their natural heritage through education and social support.
So this year marks 20 years since the charity was established and 15 years since Rachel Hogan has been director. Rachel went out to Cameroon as a volunteer and stayed! We are very privileged to be joined by Rachel and her deputy Larry Taylor on our climb up Africa's largest free standing mountain.
Just as with Orangutan Appeal UK you can follow all the wonderful work of Ape Action Africa via their website and social media pages, why not have a look how you can take part in the volunteer programme like Rachel did.