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Geraldine Simmons

AFC Conservation Artist of the Month for May, 2010

Geraldine Simmons (Geri)  supports several animal welfare and environmental groups and has been invited to donate several works to these and similar causes over the course of her career. However, the closest to her heart has been Friends of the National Parks Foundation in Borneo, Indonesia where they focus on the conservation of Indonesia's orangutans and bird life. In 2004 she was invited to visit the park and witnessed for herself, the tireless and relentless work of the volunteers at the organization's site within the Tanjung Putting National Park.
 
In 2005 Geraldine received her first invitation to exhibit at the Humane Society International Extinction Denied art exhibition where all proceeds from the sale of her drawing Man Of The Jungle went to Friends of the National Parks Foundation. Again in 2009 Geraldine was involved in raising funds for FNPF only this time she traded paints with pedals in the United Ride For Wildlife where her twin passion of long-distance cycling raised about $8000 with a combined fund-raiser dinner. Geraldine joined three other cyclists in a grueling two-day, 340 kilometer trek from Canberra to Sydney to raise money to help conserve Indonesian wildlife.
 
The United Ride for Wildlife raised funds for the Indonesian-based Friends of the National Park Foundation (FNPF) that works to save the orangutans and birdlife in Indonesia. Geraldine was the inspiration and organizer behind this first annual bike ride. A keen cyclist for most of her life, Geraldine had that

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