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Cross River Gorilla Project’s race for the case

The Cross River Gorilla Project (CRGP) launched their Pencil Case Project across the Newcastle University campus on Monday 11 February to collect filled pencil cases to donate to children who are currently unable to attend school in Cameroon.

Cross River Gorilla Project is a UK based charity set up to support the existing conservation efforts of the critically endangered Cross River Gorilla and to provide support to the local rainforest communities.

About the project

The project has been running for three weeks and has collected over 120 pencil cases to send to Cameroon. Due to the success of the campaign across the university campus, the charity is now looking to expand the project to local primary schools.

Ramona Slusarczyk, a lecturer in Corporate Communications from Newcastle University said:

“So far the Pencil Case Project has generated a tremendous response across campus and I’m proud of our students coming together to help vulnerable communities affected by the humanitarian crisis in Cameroon and to show support for the critically endangered Cross River Gorillas”.

Making a difference

As a result of the current humanitarian crisis in Cameroon, children are unable to attend school. The Pencil Case Project aims to provide these children with some supplies in order to support their education outside of the classroom.

CRGP works closely with The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), a Cameroonian based organisation, to help in their efforts regarding conservation, education, community aide and fundraising.

The charity also works alongside Newcastle University students from the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the School of Media, Culture and Heritage.

John Daniels, Director of CRGP, said:

“We hope that by working with the local community, we will not only help those in need but will also reduce the impact of this humanitarian crisis on the Cross River Gorillas’ natural rainforest habitat”.

Students from Newcastle University have been working with the charity to organise and set up collection points throughout the campus. Students also contributed to the project by creating posters and making pencil cases out of recycled materials by hand.

Find out more

Visit the Cross River Gorilla Project and ERuDeF to find out more about this great project.


Undergraduate Biology and Zoology students create pencil cases for the Cross River Gorilla Project
Biology and Zoology students create pencil cases for the Cross River Gorilla Project

published on: 15 March 2019