A bit of help for Orangutans

MONKEYING AROUND: Grade four student at Wangaratta Primary School, Fiona Schilling, has raised hundreds of dollars to raise awareness of the Orangutan’s plight. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

ORANGE was the color of choice at Wangaratta Primary School on Friday.

Students dressed in orange and made a gold coin donation to help raise awareness of the Orangutan’s plight.

Grade four student and member of the Wangaratta 4th District Junior Guides, Fiona Schilling, organised the fundraiser after having a close encounter with Orangutans in 2012.

“I went to Bali in 2012 and got to cuddle an Orangutan,” she said.

“Then I saw an ad on TV about them and I wanted to do something.”

Orangutan numbers throughout South East Asia are under threat due to factors including logging and the expansion of the palm oil industry.

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