The Cakes for Apes campaign is an initiative started by the International Animal Rescue (IAR) which run a rescue and rehabilitation centre for orangutans in West Borneo. It aims to get people baking for their friends, family and colleagues as a fun way to raise vital funds for IAR’s orangutan project.
The event takes place between 23rd and 30th April, with celebrities such as Ella Woodward and Lucy Watson backing the campaign. Ella Woodward aka Deliciously Ella has shared her Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe and Lucy Watson has contributed her recipe for vegan chocolate fudge cake.
IAR’s Community Fundraiser Phily Kennington, said: “We rely entirely on public donations to fund our work rescuing and caring for orangutans and other suffering animals – and we are constantly in awe of the amazing things people do to support us. We’ve created Cakes for Apes as an opportunity for everyone to get involve. […] We hope this will be a really enjoyable event for people the world over and that it will help raise awareness as well as funds for our vital work.”
Alan Knight, CEO of International Animal Rescue, said: “While the threats facing orangutan populations are deadly serious, there’s no reason why efforts to support our work 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 their help more than ever if we are to save the species from extinction.
“Our teams in Indonesia to do incredible work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing orangutans back in the wild – but we all know that none of this work would be possible without our fantastic fundraisers.”
If you want to participate in Cakes for Apes you can find out more information online and sign up to a free digital fundraising pack via their website.