As part of learning about the rainforest, Year 2 pupils held a bake sale to raise money for the World Land Trust, an organisation that protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats.
The bake sale raised an amazing £307, supported by the rest of the school and by parents who kindly donated cakes.
Year 2 decided to donate their money specifically to the Kinabatangan project in the rainforests of Borneo, an area championed by naturalist and TV presenter Steve Backshall and his wife, Olympic rowing champion Helen Glover.
This section of the Bornean rainforest is home to many endangered animals such as pygmy elephants, the Malay sun bear, the Malayan porcupine and the Sunda Pangolin. All these creatures face devastation if the forest is cut down to make way for palm oil plantations.
Steve and Helen have pledged to help the World Land Trust raise £100,000 of the £250,000 target for the Saving Kinabatangan appeal by racing in the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race. They completed this gruelling challenge over the Easter weekend. Steve and Helen have well exceeded their £100,000 target - they've raised an amazing £187,000 so far!
The children of St Swithun’s Junior School have a received a certificate from the World Land Trust to say that their fundraising has purchased a section of the rainforest habitat in Borneo. Steve Backshall himself has signed the certificate!
Thank you to all children in the junior school and parents who helped support this amazing cause.
If you would like to donate towards the Kinabatangan appeal please follow the link below: http://www.worldlandtrust.org/fundraising/backshall-saving-kinabatangan