ALLAN McDonald has always been passionate about Lions, but his latest project takes him deep into the jungles of Indonesia where another species is under threat.
The Lions District Governor is doing his bit to save the orangutan from extinction by selling copies of the book Tears In The Jungle.
Mr McDonald said jungles were continuing to be cleared in Borneo and Sumatra and the proceeds from the book sales would help rescue, rehabilitate and release orangutan, and protect their habitats.
The book was written by two Australian children, one in a wheelchair, following a visit to the jungles of Borneo where they learnt about the critically endangered orangutan.
Mr McDonald said 754 Lions District Governors from around the world were asked by the Lions International president Barry Palmer to take part in the organisation’s Reading Action Program by selecting a book to be promoted through Lions clubs in their region.
Mr McDonald chose Tears In The Jungle because, not only did it promote reading to children, it highlighted a cause close to his heart.
The book will be sold locally as well as through the other 63 Lions clubs, eight Lioness clubs and 10 Leo clubs in his district.
“The Reading Action Program was introduced internationally last year and is a very worthwhile project, aimed at teaching children around the world to read,” Mr McDonald said.
“The book I have chosen also raises awareness of the loss of the orangutan habitat in Indonesia.”
The Lions have purchased the books and are selling them for $25 each.
Extra funds raised will go towards the Lions Children’s Cancer Research Foundation.
Mr McDonald said the authors, brothers Daniel and William Clarke, were hoping to raise $1 million to “buy back the jungle”.
Copies of the book will be presented to local schools in the area, while individuals can purchase them from All Occasions Hire in St Vincent Street Ulladulla or by calling 0414 582 419.