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Bill Oddie and Chris Packham back Big Match Fortnight

30 September, 2013 - 15:44 -- World Land Trust
Chris Packham with an Orang-utan

TV presenters Bill Oddie and Chris Packham are urging the public to support World Land Trust’s Big Match Fortnight, which kicks off on 2 October 2013.

During Big Match Fortnight donations to World Land Trust’s (WLT) Borneo Rainforest Appeal will be doubled thanks to match funding generously pledged in advance by a small number of committed supporters. WLT aims to raise a minimum of £300,000 during the fortnight.

Big Match Fortnight

All funds raised are urgently needed to protect forest habitat for Orang-utans in Malaysian Borneo where primate populations have been drastically reduced in recent decades following the expansion of agriculture and industry.

WLT has identified a corridor of land along the Kinabatangan River which, once protected, will link two reserves and greatly increase the area of forest for Orang-utans.

Big Match Fortnight is a key part of WLT’s Borneo Rainforest Appeal which aims to raise a million pounds to protect this forest corridor.

“Big Match Fortnight is a golden opportunity to raise valuable funds,” said John Burton, WLT’s Chief Executive. “If we can raise at least £300,000 in pledged funds and donations during the fortnight, it will help us considerably towards meeting our million pound target.”

Chris Packham adds: “World land Trust’s Big Match Fortnight gives everyone a chance to save precious habitat for Orang-utans and other critically threatened wildlife in Malaysian Borneo. Please show your support.”

During the fortnight donations can be made online, over the phone by debit or credit card, by cheque or with Charities Aid Foundation vouchers.

Chris Packham is one of WLT's three Patrons. The others are Sir David Attenborough and David Gower OBE. Bill Oddie is a member of WLT's Council.

More information

Full press releasePDF (230 KB)

Contact: Mary McEvoy, WLT’s Conservation Programmes Manager (Asia and Africa Regions)
T: (01986) 874422  E:

After Big Match Fortnight, please help WLT reach its million pound target to safeguard Orang-utan forest habitat by donating to the Borneo Rainforest Appeal.

Donate to Borneo Rainforest Appeal »

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