Primary school raises £750

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In October 2004 Dr Sen Nathan and Mr Laurentius Ambu from Sabah Wildlife Department were in the UK delivering their lecture tour on Orangutan Rehabilitation. At the Twycross Zoo event, James Reay a teacher from Fleckney Church of England Primary School (just outside of Leicester) introduced himself.

James had recently visited Sepilok and was very impressed with the work carried out at the Centre and was keen to raise much needed funds for the Appeal.

Our North of England representatives, Lynda & Malcolm Averill were asked if they could arrange to visit Fleckney school in 2005 to give a presentation about Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. There are more than 500 children at Fleckney whose ages range from 5 to 11 years of age. As the numbers were large, it was decided to give two presentations. The first was to the younger children (aged 5 – 7) and the second for the older children. Each presentation was slightly different, to take into account the age of the audience.

Each presentation lasted for about 20 minutes and the children were shown lots of Orangutan photos as well as a few of other animals such as spiders and snakes which can be found in the rainforest at Sepilok.

James came up with a new idea to raise funds for the Appeal and asked the children to do a sponsored Geog. This involved the children identifying 20 UK cities represented by dots on a blank map, and being sponsored for each attempt.

Lynda and Malcolm returned to the school just one month later in July where they were presented with a cheque for £750. As a thank you for their magnificent efforts the school received a complimentary Orangutan adoption and can continue to learn more about Orangutans and their Rehabilitation by following the progress and development of baby Naru.

Well done and thank you to Fleckney Church of England Primary School.