IT is a long way to the Sumatran rainforest, but a Bendigo student has helped bring it a lot closer.
Camp Hill Primary School Year 4 student Lizzie Monteith found out all about the plight of orangutans during a trip to Bali.
After a day spent with some of the red-haired great apes Lizzie discovered their rainforest habitat in Sumatra is being bulldozed to house a palm oil plantation.
“I worked out it was an area the size of 35 netball courts,” she said.
Back home, this usually quiet student set about making a difference. She approached the Junior School Council and set in motion dress casual day as a school fundraiser.
“We raised $666.40 for Sumatra rainforest Rescue with the orangutan centre,” Lizzie said.
Lizzie managed $152.40 on her own.
Junior school co-ordinator Melissa Gleisner was impressed with the way Lizzie stuck to the cause.
“She made sure she spoke to the school council to have the fundraiser,” she said.
“We’re really proud of her.”
Lizzie is pleased her efforts will make a difference.
“The forest was being destroyed, if we don’t do something the orangutans will become extinct.”