By 5pm on 16 October, the last day of Big Match Fortnight, we had raised an incredible £318,027 in donations. Taking into account match funding, the amount raised during the fortnight is £636,054 so far. This figure does not include Gift Aid, and donations are still being processed, so the final total is going to be even higher.
WLT is very grateful both to the benefactors whose match funding pledges made Big Match Fortnight possible, and to the public who responded so generously.
Funds raised during Big Match Fortnight will help safeguard land to connect forests in the Lower Kinabatangan region of Malaysian Borneo. This wildlife corridor, once secured, will create a safe haven for Orang-utans and other endangered species.
WLT Patron Chris Packham is backing WLT's efforts to save habitat in Malaysian Borneo for Orang-utans. "Orang-utans. Absolutely extraordinary animals and easy to see why they generate so much affection. And when you look into their eyes it’s like a reflection in a not so distant mirror."
Chris championed WLT's fundraising fortnight, and said before the event: "World Land Trust's Big Match Fortnight gives everyone a chance to save precious habitat for Orang-utans, Pygmy Elephants and other critically threatened wildlife in Malaysian Borneo. Please add your support."
WLT's Borneo Rainforest Appeal aims to raise one million pounds, and funds received during Big Match Fortnight have helped WLT considerably towards meeting that goal. It is our priority to conserve as much forest in Malaysian Borneo as possible while there is still time, and more fundraising events and activities are planned for 2014 - WLT’s 25th anniversary year - to help us reach our million pound target.
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.