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
Summary
<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
Purpose/Mission: 
Our mission is to help Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) rebuild native forest habitat in Kalimantan (Borneo) in Tanjung Puting National Park and Lamandau Reserve, some of the last protected sites containing large populations of Orangutans. Within these protected areas, Orangutans can live in safety from being killed as pests by farmers, palm oil plantation staff, mining and illegal loggers. In addition to providing more habitat for these populations, FNPF rescues Orangutans from surrounding farms and palm oil plantations and relocates them to the safety of these protected areas.
Start/End Date: 
Wednesday, 21 October, 2009 to Tuesday, 5 March, 2019

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 used my love of push-bike riding to establish Riding for Rangas in 2009.  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 Reserve. The pain in my legs, the cramping and the exhaustion I felt climbing hills for over 7 hours and then facing another massively steep hill that looked like Mt.Everest nearly made me feel like quitting. When I had no more energy left, I thought, "How am I going to make it to the top of this climb and make it to the end of this ride with another 50km to go?" Then I felt inspired by remembering those soulful brown eyes of a baby orangutan from my visit to the Tanjung Puting national park. I realized that the pain and suffering I am going through right now is nothing compared to the pain and suffering these animals endure. Orangutans lose their forest homes year after year, cleared through deliberately lit fires by palm oil corporations. They spend miserable lives as "pets", are smuggled for the illegal wildlife trade and are slaughtered by local farmers because they are considered pests. Most people do not know that orangutans play an essential role in the ecosystem by maintaining the health of the forest floor. As they eat the forest fruits, the seeds drop to the ground, making new plants grow maintaining biodiversity. 
Background: 
Friends of the National Parks Foundation combine a program that directly improves local community wellbeing (education scholarships, agro-forestry, eco-tourism) to motivate and mobilize the communities to protect wildlife, restore habitat, and support its conservation work. FNPF has an inherent understanding of local Indonesian communities, culture, spirituality, needs and challenges so it can work closely with the local communities to design programs 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.

Background: 

Friends of the National Parks Foundation combine a program that directly improves local community wellbeing (education scholarships, agro-forestry, eco-tourism) to motivate and mobilize the communities to protect wildlife, restore habitat, and support its conservation work. FNPF has an inherent understanding of local Indonesian communities, culture, spirituality, needs and challenges so it can work closely with the local communities to design programs 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.

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