100% of all proceeds raised are donated to Orangutan Outreach!
We are a non-profit group that collects gently used purses to re-sell at parties. The orangutan is now considered a critically endangered animal and only lives in Sumatra and Borneo. Palm oil plantations that are taking over the rain forest are displacing this nomadic creature at an alarming rate. We must do something before a creature that shares 98% of our DNA is wiped off the face of the earth.
I am 19 years old and have been fighting for the orangutan since I was 7. I need your help. We need to raise awareness about the destruction of the rain forest for palm oil plantations. We need to work together to save the great red ape!
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 create these plantations, leaving the orangutans with no home. Palm oil is in processed 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. I decided to collect purses to re-sell to raise money for the orangutans. From that point on I started collecting purse donations from friends and family. Soon we had enough to hold our first “purse party” in my grandmother’s club house. We have had countless purse parties since, and donate all of our proceeds to redapes.org.
So far, we have raised over $27,000 dollars for the orangutans. The picture on the left is my brother and I at the first purse party. He is a big help at these events! 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 have been able to get to where I am today. Also I have an amazing volunteer, Natalie Katsikas, who helps me with every event. Our picture on the right shows how long she has stuck with me on my journey to save the orangutans. I am so thankful for her hard work and support.