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 Reserve. “The pain I feel climbing hills for over 7 hours and then facing another massively steep hill that looks like Mt.Everest when I have no more energy left and I think to myself “How am I going to make it to the top and get to the end of this ride with another 50km to go?”…. And then I remember those soulful brown eyes of an orangutan from my visit to the Tanjung Putting national park and realize that the pain and suffering I am going through right now is nothing compared to the pain and suffering these animals endure…"
Friends of the National Parks Foundation combine a program that directly improves local community wellbeing (education scholarships, agro-forestry, eco-tourism) to motivate and mobilise the communities to protect wildlife, restore habitat, and support its conservation work. FNPF have an inherent understanding of local Indonesian communities, culture, spirituality, needs and challenges … so it can work closely with the local communities to design programmes that benefit them, wildlife and habitat. FNPF receive and seek financial support from individuals, corporations and international NGOs interested in conservation and community-development in Indonesia. FNPF is small, local and frontline. FNPF repeatedly demonstrates that it is cost effective, achieves results, and are transparent in the use of funds. FNPF's projects in Kalimantan (Borneo) and Bali have received international recognition. It has been supported by the Humane Society International Australia since 2000.