Community rallies to help save orangutans from extinction
Animal Action Night on Dec 16, 2015, inspires action for orangutans
The 9th annual Animal Action event on December 16 at Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters will raise funds for orangutans, which currently face extinction.
Animal Action Night: Inspiring Action for Orangutans Christmas Extravaganza host and AA Xposé Media Director/ Photojournalist Aldwyn Altuney said Animal Action events inspired action for the humane treatment of animals worldwide.
“After being sick of seeing animal cruelty in society, I wanted to do something about it and founded the world’s first Animal Action Day in 2007,” Ms Altuney said.
“I ran seven free day events raising funds for different animal charities each year, including the Animal Welfare League, World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), David Fleay Wildlife Park, Sea Shepherd, Voiceless, Save Japan Dolphins, Save China Tigers and Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, and this is now our second night event on the Gold Coast. Last year’s event inspired action for whales.”
Animal Action Night: Inspiring Action for Orangutans aims to raise awareness, appreciation and respect for orangutans. It will raise money for the Orangutan Foundation International Australia (OFIA).
OFIA co-founder / president Kobe Steele said OFIA's mission was to support and continue the orangutan and forest conservation efforts initiated by Dr Biruté Mary Galdikas in Kalimantan, Borneo.
OFIA has two core campaigns; caring for orphaned and displaced orangutans at the OFI Care Centre & Quarantine in Pasir Panjang Village, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo and securing habitat for their future release.
“The OFI Care Centre currently cares for 340 displaced or orphaned orangutans, which costs a hefty $1 million a year to run,” Ms Steele said.
“Orangutans are threatened with extinction due to the destruction and degradation of the tropical rain forest, particularly lowland forest, in Borneo and Sumatra. This has been caused primarily by intense legal logging, illegal logging, conversion of forest to palm oil plantations and timber estates, mining, clearing forest for settlements, road construction and large-scale fires facilitated by the El Nino weather phenomena.”
The illegal animal trade has also been a factor in the decline of wild orangutan populations and orangutans are occasionally hunted and eaten by some of the indigenous people of Borneo as well as migrant loggers and plantation workers who do not have dietary prohibitions against eating primate bush meat.
“At one time, the world’s wild orangutan populations likely included hundreds of thousands of individuals, but current estimates indicate far fewer wild orangutans now remain. During the past decade, orangutan populations have decreased by 50% in the wild,” she said.
Entertainment at Animal Action Night: Inspiring Action for Orangutans includes the launch of Vavachi Entertainment’s new show World on a String - a tribute to Michael Buble, featuring Thomas Armstrong Robley and his 4-piece band, Ten Tenors co-founder/ internationally acclaimed tenor Roger Davy and country rock singer Tyson Colman. Speakers include Kobe Steele, Sunshine Coast Conservationist Casey Murtagh, who has personally raised over $65,000 for Orangutan focused projects in Borneo and Sumatra, and MC/ Animal Action Events founder Aldwyn Altuney.
There will also be a special appearance by Santa (aka Rod Hyatt), as well as a roving masseuse, stalls, raffles and auction items for the cause.
Animal Action events aim to encourage people to take action for animals, even in small ways. You can do this by making healthy choices while shopping - buying cruelty free; reducing your consumption of animal products or becoming vegetarian or vegan. You can also write to your local, state or federal elected rep to convey views on animal protection; volunteer with animal organisations; write a letter to the editor of your local papers; recycle and compost at home and express concerns to food companies and supermarkets that are involved in sustaining animal suffering.
"Together, we can all make a difference for animals and the environment," Ms Altuney said.
Tickets for Animal Action Night: Inspiring Action for Orangutans are $55 each or $50 each for a table of 10, including entertainment, a drink on arrival and 2 course meal, and are available from the Eventbrite link on the Facebook page ‘Animal Action Events’. Just click on link below...
The 1st Animal Action Night: Inspiring Action for Whales was on Sat, May 31, 2014, at Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters, 97 Markeri St, Mermaid Waters, from 7pm to 11.30pm.
Entertainment included Rhythm IV Vision band from Byron Bay, junkyard soul blues performer Benny D William, soulful melodic singer songwriter Lauren Napier & speakers from Sea Shepherd & animal communicator Eliza Priddle.
MC will be Taflyn Fiola, with introduction by Animal Action Events founder Aldwyn Altuney.
The event was inspired after watching the movie Blackfish & in response to whaling by the Japanese.
Animal Action Night: Inspiring Action for Whales
Quality Hotel Mermaid Waters
Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7pm to 11.30pm
7-7.30pm- Pre dinner drinks on arrival
7.30pm-7.45pm- Welcome by Animal Action Events founder/ event organiser Aldwyn Altuney
7.45pm- Aldwyn welcomes MC Taflyn Fiola to host the night
7.45pm-8pm- Sea Shepherd Gold Coast co-ordinator Stephanie Ashton-Walters speaks about 'What Sea Shepherd is doing to save Marine Life'
8pm- Main meals served
8.15-8.45pm- Soulful melodic singer songwriter Lauren Napier and special guest
8.45pm- Dessert served
9-9.20pm- Connect 2 Animals animal communicator Eliza Priddle speaks about 'Sea animals suffering in silence- Communication Gives them a Voice'
9.20-9.40pm- Spirit of Gold Coast whale watching cruise director Denise Ryan on 'Come on a journey of a lifetime with humpack whales'.
9.40-9.45pm- Special surprise segment
9.45pm-10.15pm- Junkyard soul blues performer Benny D Williams
10.15pm to 11.15pm- Rhythm IV Vision band from Byron Bay
11.15pm to 11.30pm- raffles and wrap by Aldwyn Altuney and Taflyn Fiola
EVENT ENDS UNTIL NEXT TIME …
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Tickets are $55 for 1 person or $50 each for a table of 10. Includes drink on arrival & 2 course vegan or vegetarian meal. Proceeds go to Sea Shepherd.
Book by phoning the venue on (07) 5572 2500 during business hours. Also please connect with us on the Facebook pages:
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Thank you for helping to make a difference for whales and the good work of Sea Shepherd.
The 7th annual Animal Action Day
Animal Action Day 2013 – Program
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 10am-10pm
At Mandala Organic Arts Café
Entry is FREE with donations to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation appreciated
10-10.15am - Welcome & background on Animal Action Day by founder/ MC for the day Aldwyn Altuney – how it started & what it’s all about
10.15-10.45am - Blues rock duo Lani & Lecia
10.45am-11am - STARS chairperson/ Cruelty Crusaders documentary filmmaker Nerida Marshall talk on The dangers of puppy and kitten mills
11-11.15am - Santer’s surprise by celebrity biographer, big cat activist & Alby Mangels’ manager Lynn Santer
11.15am-noon - Experimental acoustic folk performer Kate Leopold; acoustic folk singer guitarist Dave Honeyman & psychedelic blues roots singer songwriter guitarist Nige – all members of Leopold’s Treat
noon- 12.15pm- Brad King talk on ‘The Private Lives of Farm Animals- Tales from a farmed animal sanctuary’
12.15pm- 12.45pm - Best Dressed Owner Pet Look-alike Competition, judged by Lynn Santer
12.45-1.15pm - soulful singer Katia Demeester
1.15pm-1.30pm – Dr Alison Sammel (Bats Qld & Australian Bat Clinic) talk - Amazing bats
1.30pm-2pm- Flamenco trio La Vita with Spanish guitarist Terence Schindler
2pm-2.15pm- Kobe Steele (Orangutan Foundation International Australia) talk on How we can help save orangutans from extinction
2.15pm-2.45pm- Mystery act
2.45pm-3pm- Dee Dee McCarthy talk- How to promote action for animals on social media
3pm-3.20pm- Singer Lauren Napier
3.20-3.40pm- Sea Shepherd talk on Saving Our Marine Life
3.40pm-4.10pm- Radioactive Duo (Me & Cousin It),
4.10pm-4.30pm- Jhana Bowen (Turtle conservation project) talk about Marine & Turtle Conservation
4.30pm-5pm- Pietar on keys doing original jazz/ blues/ groove
5pm-5.45pm- One man blues band Benny D Williams
5.45-6.45pm- Native American tribal mother drum & flute ceremony by Bobby Runningfox, Walter Walks on Wind & Len Morgan
6.45-7.45pm- Blues/ jazz pianist Frazer Goodman & friends, feat Nicole Parker-Brown
7.45-8pm - Dr Michael Pyne (Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation) talk on Saving Our Koalas from Extinction
8-8.45pm- World folk group Kiara Jack & the Jills
8.45-9.40pm- Byron Bay’s Craig Telfer & Rhythm 4 Vision band, with flute player Anthony Branagan & guitarist Tim Rickard
9.40pm-9.50pm- Fire spectacular with Gold Coast’s best twirler Andrew Targett
9.50pm -10pm - Raffle draw, thank you & close by Aldwyn Altuney
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