At the Discworld Convention we fundraise for several charities. The majority of our fundraising comes from the auction of Discworld-related items we hold. The Orangutan Foundation - a favourite of Sir Terry's - have been our main beneficiary for many years, and we usually choose another, more local, charity for each Convention.
The Orangutan Foundation
Orangutan Foundation are saving the critically endangered orangutan by protecting their tropical forest habitat, working with local communities and promoting research and education. The UK charity was founded in 1990 and has a unique and diverse approach to orangutan conservation.
Orangutan Foundation’s work is carried out by a team of dedicated Indonesian staff who actively protect more than 500,000 acres of critical orangutan habitat with guard posts and forest patrols. They rescue orangutans and release them back into the wild, providing veterinary care and monitoring as needed. They have planted more than 60,000 trees in areas of forest, which have been deforested, to help restore the forest ecosystem.
The orangutan shares its forest home with people who rely on the forests for their livelihood and the priceless and essential ecological services it provides. Orangutan Foundation works closely with local partners to support educational and livelihood projects, which promote sustainable forest use and greater local participation in forest management decisions.
Sir Terry Pratchett was a trustee of Orangutan Foundation for many years. He made a vital contribution to orangutan conservation and this legacy continues in the form of the ongoing and generous support from Discworld fans.
A snapshot of the work done by the Orangutan Foundation: