Big Match Fortnight: £100,000 and counting SEARCH NEWS

Baby Orang-utan. © Chris Perrett /

World Land Trust has received more than £100,000 in the first half of Big Match Fortnight, but there’s still a long way to go to reach our target.

A generous cheque for £12,500 from a charitable trust, based in the Anglia region, in this morning’s post was enough to push the running total to £105,000. This particular trust had not previously supported World Land Trust (WLT) and was inspired to do so by Simon Barnes’ article in The Times on Saturday 5 October 2013.

When we told Simon of this support, and of the very many other donations resulting from his excellent article, he said: “Having been lucky enough to see Orang-utans in the wild, I am aware of the threats they face and I have a vested interest in their survival. I’m pleased to have been able to do something for them. I believe in all WLT’s projects, but this one is special.”

Big Match Fortnight

Taking into account the match funding, £210,000 has now been raised for WLT’s Borneo Rainforest Appeal, which is aiming to raise one million pounds to safeguard habitat for Orang-utans. Funds raised so far in Big Match Fortnight have been used to make down payments on areas of land along the north bank of the Kinabatangan River in order to safeguard a wildlife corridor between two existing reserves.

Aiming for a million

Big Match Fortnight’s original target was £300,000 (£150,000 in pledges and £150,000 in donations). But, on the eve of the fortnight, another benefactor came forward with a pledge to match funds over and above the original £150,000 up to an additional £250,000. With a match fund now standing at £400,000 we could raise a total of £800,000.

“To raise £105,000 in donations is a great result after just a week, and we are very grateful to the many hundreds of donors who are making Big Match Fortnight such a success,” said Mary McEvoy, WLT’s Conservation Programmes Manager for Asia, “and now that the match funds have been increased to £400,000, with continued support we stand a chance of raising £800,000 in total by 16 October. This would put us well on the way to reaching our target of one million pounds which would be fantastic.”

Many supporters are keen to know how much money has been donated, and at the end of every day we are publishing on WLT’s home page a running total of donations received.

If you haven’t yet donated, there is still time! During Big Match Fortnight all donations to WLT’s Borneo Rainforest Appeal will be matched. Big Match Fortnight runs until Wednesday 16 October 2013.

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