Conservation

"Isn’t it remarkable how conversation is an anagram of conservation? Art is a powerful force for sparking conversations about our lifestyle choices, how we conduct business and how we consume. These habits are drivers of mass extinctions in our modern times and a massive wake-up call to embrace a more conscious way of living. As we become more aware, we can make caring and responsible choices as a united global community where wildlife and humans live in balance.     "

 

Geraldine supports several animal welfare and environmental organizations through the donations of her art. Closest to her heart is Friends of the National Parks Foundation in Borneo, Indonesia, which focuses on the conservation of orangutans and other Indonesian wildlife. Stirred by this life-changing trip, Geraldine founded the Riding for Rangas annual charity bike ride in 2009 (biennially since 2013) to raise funds and awareness for FNPF. 

Geraldine has accepted many invitations to donate her works to significant animal conservation groups and campaigns such as Humane Society International, Save Elephant Foundation, ENDANGERED Art4Apes Fine Art and Photography exhibition, Explorers Against Extinction Sketch for Survival Art Auction, Orangutan Protection Foundation, Sea Shepherd, Silvery Gibbon Art Auction and Borneo Orangutan Society.

 

 

Conservation Projects & Causes

<em>Edit Conservation Project/Cause</em> Riding for Rangas  - An on-going biennial 300km bike ride from Canberra to Sydney that raises funds and awareness for non-profit organisation Friends of the National Parks Foundation, Indonesia | Geraldine Simmons

Riding for Rangas

In 2005 when I visited Borneo, I saw firsthand the destruction caused by the planting of palm oil plantations that threaten local plant and animal species such as orangutans. Inspired and deeply moved by this trip I put my love of bike riding to  good use by founding charity bike ride Riding for Rangas.  Riding for Rangas has raised thousands of dollars assisting Friends of the National Parks Foundation fight for the survival of orangutans through restoring habitat and relocating dozens to safety from the palm oil plantations to Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau River Wildlife...