In response to the ecological crisis we are facing, four OPRF high school graduates have founded a nonprofit called Rainforest Rescue Coalition. They are receiving their nonprofit status and mentoring through the Rainforest Conservation Fund .The mission of the Rainforest Rescue Coalition (RRC) is to conserve and protect rainforest land around the world and to support sustainable relationships between humans and nature. RRC will host a variety of sponsored bike trips over the next few years to raise funds for Rainforest conservation initiatives.
In the Summer of 2012, for “The Ride for the Rainforest”, we will ride down from Sturgeon Bay, WI, to Chicago, IL, along many bike trails including the Ozaukee trail, the Oakleaf trail, the Robert McClory bike path, the Green Bay trail, and the Lakefront trail. One hundred percent of donations will go directly toward conservation causes! Members of the Rainforest Coalition will be at the One Earth Film Festival, April 27-29. Come meet them there, and learn more about their work.
Fifty percent of contributions will be used to purchase land in the endangered Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest on the island of Borneo, home to hundreds of the last wild Orangutans on the planet. The other fifty percent will be used to fund a sustainable agroforestry program for the native communities living in the buffer zone of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo communal forest reserve in the Peruvian Amazon.
One acre of forest costs just $100 to protect forever, and in one acre, there can be literally millions of organisms! Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived — this is to have succeeded.”
RRC, the Rainforest, the Orangutans and the local villagers of the ACRCTT really appreciate your support! Visit the Rainforest Rescue Coalition web site to learn more about their work. Also see their schedule of upcoming events.
RRC Spin Ride at FFC: May 12th. 7:15 am - 8:15 am. Oak Park Fitness Formula Club (Spin room second floor). 1114 Lake Street. Donate $25 to RRC to participate in an hour long spinning class at FFC!
Rummage For The Rainforest: May 12th. 8 am - 3 pm. Huge rummage/garage sale at Ross Sullivan's house (723 Linden Ave., Oak Park). Hosted by RRC and the St. Luke Parish School Green Club! All funds raised from the garage sale go towards RRC initiatives.
Ride For The Rainforest: May 18th - May 26th. Sturgeon Bay, WI to Oak Park, IL.
Rager For The Rainforest: May 26th. Time - TBD. Get ready for a big welcoming party for all of our riders on the last day of our bike trip as we ride into Oak Park! Please join us at Ross' house (723 Linden Ave., Oak Park) for the festivities. All attendees are asked to bring a small donation of $5 or $10 for RRC.