To completely throw away everything that keeps me feeling safe and secure in order to follow my heart, instead of my head is a very scary concept. But that’s what I’ve done and I’m going to Africa to work as a volunteer for 3 months at Ape Action Africa in Cameroon. Your support to help me raise $5,000 will provide bananas, pineapples, bandages, water and other vital necessities for over 200 apes and monkeys currently in their care.
- 49.82% Progress
- $2,491 Donated
- $5,000 Target
- Started: 02/05/2017
To completely throw away everything that keeps me feeling safe and secure in order to follow my heart, instead of my head, is a very scary concept. However, that is what I have done and I am now going to Cameroon, Africa in August 2017 to work as a volunteer for 3 months at Ape Action Africa. Your support to help me raise $5,000 will provide bananas, pineapples, bandages, water and other vital necessities for over 200 apes and monkeys currently in their care.
George isn’t a stranger to pushing his limits in order to raise funds and awareness for animal conservation. George recently launched Pawprintrun, a movement that is taking a step for animals that cannot take that step on their own. He did this by running the Melbourne Marathon in October 2016, raising $10,000 which was donated to the Pets Haven Foundation.
This achievement was not enough for George and he is back, hitting the pavement raising funds and awareness yet again, this time for Ape Action Africa, an ape conservation organisation in Cameroon, Africa. George has just run the Great Ocean Road Marathon in Melbourne, (44km) on 21 May 2017 and will soon be running the Penny Marathon in Sydney, another 42km(insert location, insert length) on 16 July, 2017.
In August 2017, George will then be hitting the Cameroonian Jungle, and he needs your support. George will be swapping the Nike runners and espressos for Holeproof Explorer socks and a shovel. The work will be tough, the air will be hot but the purpose will be clear - to change lives!
Your generous support in assisting George to raise $5,000 will provide food, medicine, tools and equipment for the ongoing success of Ape Action Africa in rescuing, rehabilitating and assisting with the survival and longevity of great apes in Africa.
Ape Action Africa
Ape Action Africa (AAA) is passionate about great ape conservation in Cameroon. Their goals are to address the immediate threats faced by gorillas and chimpanzees in Africa, and to work with communities to develop long-term solutions to ensure the survival of such apes in the wild.
AAA rescue orphaned and injured gorillas and chimpanzees, some only days old, many of which are just hours away from death. Once in AAA’s care, the team work around the clock in Cameroon’s Mefou Primate Park to provide them with urgent veterinary care and nourishment.
In the protected zone at Mefou Primate Park, safe from poachers, the animals are cared for by trained experts, many of which are local community members who have joined the AAA team. Eventually, when the young orphans are strong enough, they are reintroduced to groups of their own kind in safe and controlled environments.
AAA also operate a thriving education programme for local school children, who are encouraged to visit Mefou Primate Park to see Cameroon's wildlife in its natural environment.
AAA are committed to identifying areas that can be set aside as protected habitats for rescued gorillas and chimpanzees. It is their hope that one day the great apes and monkeys in their care will be released back into the wild, where they belong.
Ape Action Africa is specifically called just that so that its name aligns with its vision, mission and values and this is reflected in their commitment (below) to providing great ape protection:
⦁ Ape...to provide sanctuary for individual, endangered primates orphaned by the illegal bushmeat and pet trades
⦁ Action...to actively rescue orphaned primates, providing rehabilitation and long term care in a protected environment.
⦁ Africa...to work closely with the Cameroonian people to protect their natural heritage through education and social support.
It costs AAA approximately £155,000 per annum to run the project. Their major costs are animal food and salary costs in Cameroon. There are no salary costs outside Cameroon as all of the charity’s administrative work is managed by volunteers.
AAA have many mouths to feed and medical bills to pay for and they are very appreciative of all the support we receive from donations and volunteers from around the world.
Ape Action Africa are a small charity and raising the money to fund the project effectively is difficult, particularly in the current economic climate. Therefore they need your support more than ever to help them to continue the work that they do in Cameroon.