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Life As A Human interview with Geraldine SimmonsJun, 2014
Geraldine Simmons donates personal works of art to assist and support several animal welfare and environmental groups and also initiated “Riding for Rangas” a biennial charity bike ride that raises funds and awareness for Orangutans and Friends of the National Parks Foundation, FNPF in Indonesia.
FNPF is a local non-profit organization working to preserve Indonesia’s wildlife and habitats. The philosophy of FNPF is that we are all connected. They take a holistic, balanced and comprehensive approach that recognizes the inter-relatedness of human beings, animals and the environment.
LAAH: What exactly is it that you do?
GS: I am the founder and organizer of the “Riding for Rangas” charity bike ride that raises funds and awareness for FNPF, a NGO based in Indonesia that protects local wildlife and habitat while helping local communities.
LAAH: When did you start?
GS: It all started after I returned from a trip to the Tanjung Putting National park in Borneo where FNPF carry out their valuable conservation work. I saw firsthand the destruction caused by the planting of palm oil plantations that threaten local plant and animal species, especially orangutans. This motivated me to turn my passion for cycling into an annual fund-raiser event.
LAAH: Why do you do it and what is the motivation or passion that keeps you going?
GS: I do it because I love to. My passion for endangered species motivates me to raise the awareness of their fragile habitat and how threatened these creatures really are. It’s soul destroying seeing the habitats of these magnificent creatures being wiped out as a result on the one hand of human greed and on the other, ignorance at the damage that is being done.
As a wildlife artist and activist I’m urging everyone to not only avoid products with palm oil, but also to more importantly support the relentless and challenging work of the FNPF.
For more of this interview click on the Website URL below.
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Peninsular Living Magazine article on Riding for Rangas 2013
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ARTISTS MAKE A PLEA ON BEHALF OF WORLD’S WILDLIFE
A GIANT humpback whale, a snow leopard, an orangutan – these beautifully crafted images are designed to make you think.
Dino Halcrow and Geraldine Simmons want to wake people up to the urgency of protecting wildlife.
Artists Dino Halcrow and Geraldine Simmons use different media but have come together for an exhibition about their love and concern for animals and the environment.
Called Looking At The Bigger Picture, the exhibition, at Painters Gallery, Manly, shows marine life and mammals on canvas and scratchboard.
Ms Simmons, of Collaroy, said impacts on animal habitat would eventually reach humans and greater understanding was needed.
“Our vision is for people to see wildlife in another light. They are not just creatures beneath us,” she said. “What we’re trying to convey is wildlife are sentient beings, just like us.”
The exhibit contains facts and notes on the artists’ experiences with the animals.
Mr Halcrow, of Ingleside, said: “It takes awareness for us to become custodians of the planet we call home.
“Most people say, ‘We enjoyed the show and left with a small seed of thought’. It’s making people think about their actions and responsibilities.”
He has long been fascinated by the ocean and has used his art to promote environmental responsibility.
Ms Simmons has also used her art to promote better understanding of endangered wildlife since she met orang-utans in Borneo in 2005.
The two have displayed their works together at the suggestion of the gallery owner.
The exhibition runs until Friday.
The Gallery moved from Mona Vale to Manly last year.