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June 15, 2017
Nyaru Menteng staff, together with students and teachers from Bina Cita Utama (BCU) School in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, celebrated Earth Day 2017 with a fundraising event for orangutans at the BOS Foundation’s Orangutan Reintroduction Center in Nyaru Menteng.
The day started with a presentation on deforestation, wildlife protection, energy, and climate change, followed by a video about one of our orangutans named Meryl, who was adopted by BCU students. The students, all dressed in orange t-shirts, were excited to see how Meryl had learned to climb during her days in the Nursery Group and later graduate to Forest School.
The students enjoyed the many activities throughout the day; the food bazaar proving to be the biggest hit of all. Parents donated healthy snacks for students to purchase, with all proceeds going towards orangutan rehabilitation.
With a small donation, students could become Orangutan Lifesavers and enjoy the many games on offer throughout the day, including puzzles, tug-of-war challenges, musical chairs, face-painting, and the chance to participate in the quiz, ‘Are You Smarter Than An Orangutan?’, which was won by 5th grader Nouval Malik Dwi Prihandani (Adan). Participants could also buy merchandise, donate, adopt an orangutan, or contribute to a ‘Gift in Kind’ at the BOS Foundation's booth.
It was a great event resulting in a donation of IDR7,013,600!
We hope Adan and his classmates will share the experience they had with their friends, family members and the wider community, to help raise awareness of the importance of orangutans and environmental conservation.
Text by: Kinanti Octavian Alif, BOS Foundation Fundraising Officer for Central Kalimantan Programs
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