Investec staff members went orange this week in support of Orangutan Awareness Week, which aims to draw attention to the challenges faced by the critically endangered species and its threatened rainforest home.
Investec were the headline sponsors of the Investec Rainforest Ball, where over 50 attendees pledged £1,000 to help save an orangutan at the Haven in Sumatra in partnership with Durrell.
After sponsoring the Investec Rainforest Ball, with a special performance by Take That, the team at Investec says they welcomed the opportunity to "further show their support for the orangutan both locally here in Jersey and in Sumatra."
Kevin Allen, Branch Manager & Head of Lending at Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Ltd, commented: “The Ball was an incredible event and an opportunity to raise much-needed funds to protect these apes that so desperately need our help. The desire to make a meaningful contribution to the world we live in is at the heart of our values at Investec, so the chance for our team in Jersey to further support both local and international communities and their environments via Orangutan Awareness Week, was incredibly important to us to ensure that these critically endangered apes are around for generations to come.”
The money raised from the Investec Rainforest Ball is still to be confirmed, but 50 attendees pledged £1,000 to help save an orangutan at the Haven in Sumatra, Indonesia, in partnership with Durrell. Further monies were raised during the evening through orangutan donation packs, a live auction and collection envelopes.
The orangutan week provides an opportunity for schools, companies, groups and individuals to demonstrate how much they care about the plight of the orangutan, by adding orange zest to everyday life to fundraise for the Orangutan Foundation. Ideas include cake sales, orangutan-themed tea parties, dressing in orange, and even bathing in baked beans.
Pictured (from left): Julie Collins, Sarah du Val, Stephen Rafferty, Mark Ray, Shelly Cassidy, Karen Scott, Andy Smith and Kevin Allen.
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