Cakes for Apes Fundraising Campaign Launches To Save Orangutans.

A Sussex charity that rescues and rehabilitates orangutans in Borneo is counting down to its Cakes for Apes fundraising campaign which kicks off on 1 April and will continue throughout the month.

Cakes for ApesThis is the second year of the event which has the support of celebrity bakers including TV and radio presenter Fearne Cotton, reality TV star Lucy Watson and vegan blogger Deliciously Ella.

Cakes for Apes is the brainwave of East Sussex-based International Animal Rescue (IAR.) The charity runs a rescue and rehabilitation centre for critically endangered orangutans in West Borneo. The campaign aims to get people baking for friends, family and colleagues as a fun way of fundraising for IAR’s orangutan project.

IAR’s Community Fundraiser Phily Kennington says: “We rely entirely on public donations to fund our work rescuing and caring for orangutans and other suffering animals – and we are full of admiration for all the amazing things people do to support us. We’ve created Cakes for Apes as an opportunity for everyone to get involved. After all, who doesn’t love cake! So anyone who isn’t keen on baking can do their bit by making a donation in exchange for some cake – or by buying some cakes to sell to friends or colleagues.”

The Cakes for Apes website includes some delicious recipes from supportive celebrity bakers to help and inspire would-be bakers.

Phily adds: “This is the second year of Cakes for Apes and we’re aiming to make it bigger and better in every way. We have limited edition Ape-rons and exclusive ‘This Ape Bakes’ t-shirts for sale in support of the campaign which will be running throughout Ape-ril to give as many people as possible the chance to take part.”

Alan Knight, IAR CEO, comments: “While the threats facing orangutan populations are deadly serious, there’s no reason why efforts to support our work to save them shouldn’t involve a large dollop of fun. Our teams in Indonesia do incredible work rescuing, rehabilitating and reintroducing orangutans into the wild – but we all know that none of this work would be possible without our amazing fundraisers. Last year’s first ever Cakes for Apes campaign was a resounding success – now this year we’re aiming to bake an even bigger difference!”

Anyone wishing to take part in the event can sign up for a free digital fundraising pack via the Cakes for Apes website – www.cakes4apes.org – or request a postal version by calling IAR’s office on 01825 767688. The pack is filled with ideas and tips on how to hold a successful cake sale for colleagues in the workplace or host the best tea party in town for friends and family at home. Participants can also buy limited edition ‘Ape-rons’ or ‘This Ape Bakes’ t-shirts to get them in the baking mood, or to use as gifts or fundraising prizes.

For further information www.internationalanimalrescue.org and www.cakes4apes.org