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Orangutans need our help. (AAP)
Orangutans need our help. (AAP)

A Lismore resident has been recognised for her ten years of volunteering to raise the plight of orangutans and their fight for survival.

When Ms Helen Armstrong first heard of the desperate situation facing orangutans she began giving baby orangutan adoptions as gifts to her grandchildren.

But after a visit to Borneo where she saw just how desperate their plight was, Ms Armstrong knew she had to do more.

She joined the Orangutan Project – an Australian organisation dedicated to orangutan conservation – and held regular fund-raising stalls selling orangutan adoptions and merchandise such as toys and gifts.

The Orangutan Project president Leif Cocks described Ms Armstrong as a devoted and passionate volunteer for orangutan conservation for over ten years.

Ms Helen Armstrong is taking retiring after ten years of fundraising for orangutans. (supplied)
Ms Helen Armstrong is taking retiring after ten years of fundraising for orangutans. (supplied)

Her immense contribution during this time has made a significant difference to the lives of many orangutans and other wildlife,’ Mr Cocks said.

‘Volunteering for any cause requires dedication and at times sacrifice as you direct your time and energy to make a difference and Helen has been a fine example of this.

Ms Armstrong is retiring at the end of thee year to take a well-deserved break and to pursue her other interests, including photography and a trip to China.

‘We wish Helen all the best and we are grateful that she will continue to be involved by supporting other volunteers,’ Mr Cocks said.

But with Ms Armstrong retiring, the organisation is hoping that someone local can continue her work.

‘If you can’t volunteer just now, there are a wide variety of other options when it comes to making a contribution to support orangutans,’ Mr Cocks said.

‘You can set up an automatic donation on a regular basis (no amount is considered too small), be part of our orangutan adoption program by sponsoring an orphaned orangutan in need of care (makes a great gift!), become a business partner or join us on one of our exciting adventure tours to visit the orangutans.’

Interested people should contact The Orangutan Project’s National Manager, Therese O’Brien ([email protected]).

 


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1 COMMENT

  1. A story about the survival of the orangutan that omits to mention the central role of palm oil in driving it towards extinction is missing a vital part of the picture. Because there are no labelling requirements in Australia to specify the type of ‘vegetable oil’ used, it should be assumed by default that all ‘vegetable oil’ contains palm oil. Soap is a major user of palm oil derivatives, but some brands have switched to coconut oil. All palm oil is best to avoid, unless it is labelled on the product as Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO.) Avoid products with vague assurances of palm oil sustainability that do not refer to third-party certification schemes.

    On November 25th, Ministers from Australia and New Zealand will be deciding whether to label palm oil in food products. Zoos Victoria has a lobbying facility that enables people concerned about the orangutan’s survival to email them. http://www.zoo.org.au/palmoil/ministers

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