100% of all money raised is donated to Orangutan Outreach
About Purses for Primates
My love for apes began in the second grade, when I read the book ko-ko's kitten at recess. I researched about apes when I got home, and found out about the plight of the orangutans. Orangutans are endangered because of palm oil plantations. Unfortunately, people tear down the rain forests of Borneo and Sumatra to build these plantations, leaving the orangutans with no home. Palm oil is in foods, make up, candy etc. When I learned about this I knew I needed to do something. Before I had the idea for Purses for Primates I would spread the word about palm oil to anyone I met. When my family took a vacation to Carmel, California, we saw a lot of boutiques; this gave us an idea. From that point on I started collecting donations from friends and family, of purses, scarfs, and jewelry. Soon we had enough to hold the first purse party. I give all of the proceeds to the orangutans through redapes.org.
So far, we have raised over 10,000 dollars for the orangutans. This picture below is my brother and I at the first purse party, about three years ago. He is a big help at the purse parties! He will dress up as a orangutan, and sign spin out front. (This is hard to do in the hot weather we have here!) Without the help of my family, I wouldn't be able to do these purse parties. Also I have an amazing friend, Natalie Katsikas, who volunteers at every purse party. Without the help of these people I couldn't do this.