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£700,000 raised for Borneo Rainforest Appeal thanks to Big Match Fortnight

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31 October, 2013 - 14:48 -- World Land Trust
Baby Orang-utan in the wild. © Chris Perrett /

World Land Trust (WLT) has achieved its greatest ever fundraising success by raising £685,152 for the Borneo Rainforest Appeal during Big Match Fortnight. And, taking into account donations made before and after Big Match Fortnight, the Borneo Rainforest Appeal  total is now more than £700,000.

WLT’s supporters rose magnificently to the fundraising challenge both before and during Big Match Fortnight and we are very, very grateful to all those who gave freely of their skills and expertise and helped make the fortnight such a success.

We owe a debt of gratitude to those who pledged match funds in advance, those who donated during the fortnight, and to everyone who helped in the planning and publicising of Big Match Fortnight and the Borneo Rainforest Appeal.

Big Match Fortnight

The funds raised are already being used to secure adjacent parcels of land that together form a land bridge between two existing forest reserves in Sabah, north east Borneo.

The forest of Borneo is the last surviving home of the Bornean Orang-utan, and the protection of this corridor will greatly expand the area of forest through which the Orang-utans can roam freely.

The overall Borneo Rainforest Appeal target is one million pounds, and we are redoubling our efforts to raise the remaining funds in 2014, WLT’s 25th anniversary year.

The process of purchasing many small plots is relatively time consuming so, as and when areas of land are secured, we shall bring you more news updates.

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Submitted by Chris Redston on

This is a fantastic result, congratulations to everyone who took part, from the people in WLT HQ running the appeal to the matchers to the donors. Just shows what we can do! I'm sure if the orang-utans had access to the internet there, they'd say 'Thanks very much' too!

Submitted by Dominic Belfield on

Lots of lessons to learn here, it's always important to recognise what goes RIGHT as much as it is to learn from when things go wrong.
It's great to see WLT achieving some of its potential. Let's do more of this!

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