Monkeying around for a cause

Gorillas will soon be running through the streets of London in a bid to save their species and break a world record.Now one Norfolk sponsor is appealing for everyone to join in.

Gorillas will soon be running through the streets of London in a bid to save their species and break a world record.

Now one Norfolk sponsor is appealing for everyone to join in.

The Great Gorilla Run 2008 is a seven km run, which sees hundreds of people dressed in primate costumes and pound the pavements of the capital to help save the world's last remaining gorillas.

One of the sponsors of the event is Go Ape, a hire wire adventure experience based in Thetford Forest, which has gathered about 70 staff and customers to take part.


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The company is now appealing for more people to register to run, jog, or walk the event and receive a free gorilla suit.

Marcus Falconer, marketing manager for Go Ape said: “Go Ape is a passionate supporter of this incredible event established by The Gorilla Organization, an international charity dedicated to saving the world's last remaining gorillas from extinction.”

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The current world record for the largest gathering of people dressed as gorillas, stands at 637 and there are already more than 500 people signed up for the run, which should raise more than £250,000.

But organisers The Gorilla Organisation hope to have 720 gorilla runners, one for every mountain gorilla left in the world.

To sign up for the run on Saturday September 27 visit www.goape.co.uk or www.greatgorillas.org to register.

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