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Together For Trees - Every Collector Helps

Last modified: 02 August 2012

Sumatran tiger

Image: Dave Watts

Tesco and the RSPB have joined forces for an exciting new partnership, Together For Trees, to help save tropical rainforests all over the world, from Asia and Africa to the Caribbean. Through the Together For Trees partnership, the RSPB has been invited to carry out fundraising collections at Tesco stores across the West Country on the 21 and 22 September. These collections could generate an incredible income to fund the work that the RSPB has already started, but to achieve this more volunteers are urgently needed. There are over 75 participating stores across the South West and the RSPB are looking for 500 volunteers. Francesca Crickmere, Community Fundraiser for RSPB South West, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the partnership and just one of the amazing projects the RSPB supports overseas. We’re able to invest in various conservation projects worldwide thanks to the donations and time given by all our supporters. We can’t all go to Sumatra and lend a hand but there are many ways of helping us as close to home as your local Tesco.“ “We’ve had a great mixture of people sign up to collect for us so far – from our regular fundraisers to long-standing members who are collecting for the first time and even volunteers completely new to the RSPB. They’re all people willing to give just a couple of hours to support an extremely worthy project. Some fundraisers have organised themselves into groups, recruiting friends and family along the way and fundraising at their local Tesco over the full two days. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who’s signed up so far but we need more volunteers if we’re going to take full advantage of every slot that’s been made available to us. “You don't need any special knowledge or skills to take part in one of our bucket collections – just a winning smile and a couple of hours to spare.” Alice Jefferies, who has volunteered in previous fundraising collections for the RSPB, said: “Registering to get involved was really easy; the RSPB staff made the whole process incredibly simple. “I was pleased to hear about this partnership with Tesco and am looking forward to collecting again; it is really satisfying to know that you are helping to protect rainforest wildlife.” Tropical forests are home to at least six million different species, including some of the world's most enigmatic and endangered wildlife. They provide food, water and medicines, and act as carbon stores to help in the fight against climate change. But these incredible tropical forests are in trouble. Every four seconds an area the size of a football pitch is chopped down for commercial gain. Funds raised by the partnership will support vital conservation work such as the replanting of native trees in damaged areas that have been illegally logged for commercial interests, and providing important equipment for teams of researchers and conservationists as well as helping local, forest-dependent people to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable way. Francesca added: “Our conservation teams are based in seven countries across the globe from Indonesia, to West Africa and the Caribbean. Their work to restore and protect areas of forest is helping to save threatened species such as Sun Bears, Clouded Leopards, Rhinoceros Hornbills and the Sumatran Tiger amongst many others. We have already achieved a huge amount but with your help we could do so much more.” For more information on the Together For Trees partnership, please visit www.togetherfortrees.com if you would like to sign up for a collection at a Tesco store near you, please visit www.rspb.org.uk/bucketcollections

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