Not many Grade 5 students would be spending their free time to help animals on the other side of the world, but that’s exactly what Cody Warton has been doing.
After seeing a television program about what the animals were going through in places like Borneo and Sumatra, where the loss of trees and habitat are threatening their lives, Cody decided to get involved with Orangutan Foundation International Canada.
“Forests are being purposely set on fire by farmers because it clears the land quickly,” said Lisa Warton, Cody’s mother. “It’s become a real problem.”
“There’s hundreds of orphans,” said Cody. “So you can go on their website and sponsor an orphan for $100 for a year.”
Cody has been going door to door in Golden trying to raise money to foster orphans through the organization, as well as purchase seeds to help reforest their natural habitats.
As of yet, Cody has not set a fundraising goal for himself, only to keep raising as much money as he can for as long as he can.
“I think this is going to be a lifelong thing for him,” said Lisa. “He even donates his allowance to it.”