Big Match Fortnight has got off to a flying start – so much so that our donations team can barely keep up!
Internet donations received between Wednesday and Saturday have all been processed, and they amount to more than £35,000. In addition, there are all of Sunday’s and today’s donations still being processed, as well as cheques for £16,000 and US$10,000.
We are grateful as always to Simon Barnes, for his unfailing coverage of WLT in The Times. Many of the donations received over the weekend were a direct result of Simon’s article on Saturday 5 October, and other readers have been inspired to spread the word about Big Match Fortnight.
Simon’s article struck a chord with Geoff Lye, for example, a specialist in environmental and social accountability who visited Sabah in July. Inspired by Simon’s article, Geoff has made a direct appeal to his network of contacts to support the initiative and published an article on his blog entitled Connecting islands of life.
John Burton, WLT’s Chief Executive, is delighted with results so far. “A very positive outcome of Big Match Fortnight is the way in which it is attracting hundreds of donations, many of which are from first time donors to WLT,” said John. “At last count, 262 donations had been received over the internet together with many postal donations as a result of WLT News.”
We shall continue to bring you regular updates of donations received, and a running total, during Big Match Fortnight.
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.