Orangutan Week- making the news!

and his orangutan team made the news:

A pupil led campaign at a Dumfries school is encouraging everyone to avoid products that contain palm oil.

Primary five pupils at Calside Primary have been raising awareness of endangered orangutans. And thanks to their fundraising efforts, they have raised a total of £421.35 for Orangutan Awareness Week.
James Henderson, 9, first took an interest in orang-utans a few years ago while watching a wildlife documentary and found that he shared the same hair colour as them. Since then he continued to seek out information on orangutans and became upset when he discovered that they were endangered as a result of palm oil.

Eighteen months ago, James decided that he would like to spend his pocket money adopting an orangutan and done this through WWF.  He also received an adoption of another orangutan from a family friend for his birthday. Along with some friends, who shared the same enthusiasm, they approached their school to hold a bake sale.  The bake sale was well received and raised over £72.

Mum Jane Henderson said: “James and his friends are actively encouraging family and friends to avoid products that contain palm oil, which itself is quite challenging as palm oil is contained in so many everyday products you wouldn’t expect. These small acts of change can make a huge difference to these beautiful animals.”

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