Conservation

"Geraldine supports several animal welfare and environmental groups through donations of her works of art. Closest to her heart is Friends of the National Parks Foundation (http://www.fnpf.org) in Borneo, Indonesia, who focus on the conservation of orangutans and other Indonesian wildlife. "

Geraldine supports several animal welfare and environmental groups through donations of her works of art. Closest to her heart is Friends of the National Parks Foundation (http://www.fnpf.org) in Borneo, Indonesia, who focus on the conservation of orangutans and other Indonesian wildlife.

When visiting a national park in the remote jungles Borneo Geraldine got a close- up view of orangutans while they were rehabilitating in quarantine at NGO Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF). One orangutan grabbed her hand and pulled her towards it. “It’s hard to put into words how awesome that experience was. There is so much intelligence, beauty and innocence that shine from their eyes. It made me realize how closely connected we are to them.” This was a defining moment for Geraldine to do use her art as a portal for raising greater awareness of endangered wildlife.

Inspired by this life-changing trip Geraldine founded the “Riding for Rangas” annual charity bike ride in 2009 (biennial since 2013) to raise funds and awareness for FNPF. Riders are sponsored to complete the challenging 300km distance in two days.

Geraldine donated her drawing “Sole Koala” to help raise funds for making the feature-length documentary “Milking The Rhino.” Made to raise awareness of African wildlife conservation. The film won many awards in several film festivals, including best documentary, best nature documentary and best cinematography.

Since 2005 Geraldine has sold a number limited editions and originals for the benefit of Humane Society International, Borneo Orangutan Society, Silvery Gibbon Art Auction and Sea Shepherd Art Auction.

Geraldine is a regular supporter of Bush Heritage Australia and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Conservation Projects & Causes

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Riding for Rangas  - An on-going bi-ennual charity bike ride that raises funds and awareness for non-profit organisation Friends of the National Parks Foundation based in Indonesia | Geraldine Simmons

Riding for Rangas

Geraldine visited Borneo in 2005 where she saw firsthand the destruction caused by the planting of palm oil plantations that threaten local plant and animal species. Inspired and deeply moved by this trip, Geraldine used her love of push-bike riding to found Riding for Rangas. Since 2009 Riding for Rangas has raised thousands of dollars assisting Friends of the National Parks Foundation fight for the survival of the orangutan through restoring habitat and relocating dozens of orangutans to safety from the palm oil plantations to Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau River Wildlife...