Mankind has brought a lot of pain to orangutans, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. But a charity with its U.S. headquarters in Westport, International Animal Rescue, is proposing we all do something sweet for these endangered and endearing creatures. Cakes for Apes aims to get people baking for their friends, family and colleagues as a fun way of fundraising for IAR’s orangutan rescue and rehabilitation center in West Borneo.
Bestselling author and Westport resident Jane Green, who recently published Good Taste: Simple, Delicious Recipes for Family and Friends, is supporting the special fundraising campaign. Her lemon and almond tart recipe is among those donated by cake-baking celebrities to help get people started. She says: “International Animal Rescue is truly the last and only hope for orangutans in West Borneo, so it’s time to get baking and show your support!”
The countdown to Cakes for Apes is on, with the event itself taking place between April 23rd and 30th.
IAR President Alan Knight 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. We’re so grateful to everyone who helps us raise awareness and funds—and with the orangutan now listed as Critically Endangered, we need all the help we can get to save the species from extinction. Our teams in Indonesia do incredible work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orangutans back into the wild, but we all know that none of this work would be possible without our fantastic fundraisers.”
Anyone wishing to take part can sign up for a free digital fundraising pack via the Cakes for Apes website: www.cakes4apes.org. The pack is filled with ideas on how to plan a successful bake sale for colleagues at work or host the best tea party in town for friends and family at home. Participants can also buy a limited-edition ‘Ape-ron’ to get them in the baking mood or use as a gift or fundraising prize.