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The Orangutan Project's Quiz Night

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by Bernhard Sayer (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in suburban Adelaide, taking his first tentative steps. You can see some of his past work at bernhardsayer.wordpress.com
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A battle of the brains to help our forest cousins



Put a note in your diary for Saturday the 14th of July and round up a table of friends to come along to Unley for The Orangutan Project's second South Australian quiz night. Absolutely everybody is welcome.

At $20 per attendee, the evening will raise funds for the valuable work of The Orangutan Project and specifically for the Sumatran Tapanouli Orangutan habitat.

It all kicks off at 7pm on the night and there are plenty of prizes on offer including Japanese Kokeski dolls, African cloth dolls, Nepalese wool shawls, Himalayan scarves and sofa throws, to name but some. Plus, there's a $100 food hamper on offer as a door prize!

The Orangutan Project lead and sponsor projects that help protect orangutans and their forest homes. Found on the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Borneo, the orangutan is a highly intelligent animal that shares 97% of our DNA.

The word 'orangutan' comes from a combination of two Malay words, 'orang' meaning 'human', and 'hutan' meaning 'forest'. An old Malay legend would have you believe that orangutans were originally people who pretended to be mute, and climbed into the trees to escape work!

Their home islands possess some of the richest and most bio-diverse rainforests on the earth, with over 80 endemic species and some of the world's most unique and iconic endangered wildlife, such as the orangutan, elephant and tiger.

Sadly, every hour sees 300 football fields worth of south-eastern Asia rainforest ploughed to make way for palm oil plantations. Over the last 20 years, over 3.5 million hectares of Indonesian and Malaysian forest have been destroyed. In that time, the orangutan has lost about 80% of its habitat and with that, we are losing over 6,000 orangutans a year. Further to that, only 400 Sumatran tigers remain in the world today.

You'll find palm oil in a majority of packaged items in your local supermarket. (Very often, alternatives exist! Have a look here. )

With all proceeds from the night being donated to the work of The Orangutan Project, you can be sure that your contribution will be going to a very important cause. (Don't have enough for a full table on the night? That's not an issue the organisers will get you onto a table!)

There's even a chance that you'll get the opportunity to have your photo taken with special guest Rangu!

The quiz night is being held at the Unley Community Centre on Arthur Street, Unley from 7pm on Saturday the 14th of July. You'll probably be packing up your table around 10. To book a table, contact Helen Manos on 0406 037 568 or email her at helen.manos@orangutan.org.au with your name and contact details. BYO Nibbles on the night, and alcohol is available for purchase at the venue. Don't forget a good supply of gold coins too!
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Why? Raising funds for The Orangutan Project
When: 7pm
Phone: 0406 037 568
Where: Unley Community Centre
Cost: $20 per person
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