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Ready for the BIG NEWS?! The orangutan is now out of the bag…Natalie and I have been working with an author in New York named Tim O’Shei who has been writing a book about our journey saving Orangutans. It will teach youth how to fundraise and bring awareness to a cause they are passionate about, and the importance of doing it with the companionship of an amazing friend. We will be going to New York this summer for the book release, and to run a summer camp which will be themed to fit our book. The summer camp will be held at Mount Saint Mary Academy, which is a private school for girls. We couldn’t be more excited for this amazing opportunity, and we can’t wait to work with these girls!

The Halo Effect 

Purses for Primates was lucky enough to be chosen to be chosen as one of the organizations highlighted on Nickelodeon’s show, The Halo Effect. This show follows youth who have causes they are passionate about, and help the world in some way.

“The HALO Effect launched in 2013 as a year-round initiative recognizing one deserving teen every month for their work to help and lead others in their community.  The initiative was built upon Nickelodeon’s HALO Awards, an annual concert event honoring young community leaders with a grant for their organization and scholarship funds.  To date, more than 50 teens across the country have been honored and have received more than $400,000 in grants to fund their non-profit organizations.
The HALO Effect series expands Nickelodeon’s ongoing commitment to the HALO movement by giving an in-depth look into the inspirational stories of teens who are eager to share the issues and projects important to them and excited to engage others to achieve impact. The monthly series is hosted by Sydney Park (Instant Mom) and executive produced by Nick Cannon and NCredible Entertainment, as well as Morgan Spurlock, Richard Arlook, Jeremy Chilnick, Matthew Galkin and Ethan Goldman of Warrior Poets.”
This was such an amazing experience. It was a whirl wind of excitement with a lot of hard work. We put together the largest purse sale we have had to date, collecting thousands of purse donations within a month. We held the event at Pleasant Valley high school in their large gymnasium. I am so grateful to PV for offering us their facility. Our purse sales at the end of the event totaled to be around $3,000. I feel honored to be able to share Purses for Primates’ mission to millions of kids across America. I hope to inspire some to start their own Purses for Primates groups. It has always been a dream of mine to share my cause with young children, and now it is becoming a reality. If you are interested in starting a group, go to the “get involved” section of the site.
Check out the preview here:

Purses for Primates Korea


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Purses for Primates traveled to South Korea as apart of a business pitch competition called Sage Global. We competed in the Social Enterprise category, and won second place on the world level! It was such an amazing experience to meet teams from all over the globe. They all had such innovative ideas. It inspired our whole team to continue to progress in our mission to save the orangutans. South Korea is such a beautiful country, with incredibly kind people. Walking through the markets and getting lost on the subway system were experiences we will remember all our life!