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Steve and Helen Backshall have raised £8,238 for Borneo in 4 days

23 February, 2017 - 12:50 -- World Land Trust
Steve Backshall and Helen Glover

World Land Trust (WLT) patron Steve Backshall and his wife, Olympic champion rower and WLT ambassador Helen Glover, have begun fundraising for WLT and partner Hutan to purchase properties in the Lower Kinabatangan River of Malaysian Borneo.

Despite saying ‘never again’ after he completed the  Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race to raise money for WLT in 2015, Steve has decided to do the race once more, this time with an Olympic champion in his kayak, to raise funds for Bornean Rainforest.

Flying start

Steve and Helen launched their fundraising campaign Monday 20 February with a video on their social media explaining why they had decided to do the race. Since the video went live, 126 donations have come in to the ‘Saving Kinabatangan with Steve and Helen Backshall’ fundraising page, totalling to £8,238 at the time of this article being published.

Steve and Helen have more than 110,000 followers on Twitter between them, and Steve’s Facebook page has more than 108,000 likes, where the video has already had 127,000 views and 454 shares.

Star support

Steve and Helen’s video has gained a lot of attention from celebrities, including musician Pixie Lott, TV presenter Davina McCall, author Caitlin Moran, British panel TV show Loose Women, Strictly Come Dancing Champion Ore Oduba, filmmaker Gordon Buchanan, actor Jake Wood and tennis coach Judy Murray, who have asked their fans to support the appeal.

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More information

WLT’s Donations office has been incredibly busy processing donations, which are still flooding in from Steve and Helen’s supporters through the website, PayPal and text donations. The total is being updated daily on the Backshall’s fundraising page as the donations are being processed, and we are closing in on their £100,000 target.

Update: Steve and Helen's £100,000 target has now been reached and exceeded! However, to save all the properties marked as crucial in this area, WLT's overall appeal needs to raise £250,000.

Please donate to the Saving Kinabatangan appeal if you have not already to help us protect a vital piece of Bornean Rainforest habitat.

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Submitted by Ann on

Congratulations! Keep going guys!

Submitted by joanne hearn on

well done Steve and Helen for highlighting this desparate situation in Borneo. Good luck!

Submitted by andy white on

Well Done you Guys. My wife and I have done some wildlife watching up this river - just beautiful. You are doing a great job and I just hope it helps to also spur the locals in to Action. A guide that I stay in touch with is quite embarrassed taht there is not more internal momentum to help save this critical habitat.

Submitted by Rosie on

GO GUYS!!!!!!

Submitted by Lysbeth Forbes-... on

Any idea when you'll reach Hungerford? I'd like to be on the towpath to cheer you both on. Have already donated but will give some more during the race.

Submitted by Naomi Marsh on

Just seen you complete this on the one show tonight. Is it too late for me to donate? And if not then where and how please?

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