Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia announces new celebrity ambassador partnerships
One year after the very first human rehabilitated orangutans were released back into the wild, Borneo Orangutan Survival Australia (BOS) is proud to announce its celebrity ambassador partnerships.
The new ambassadors include Australian TV personality Gorgi Coghlan (The Project, former co-host of The Circle), actress Linda Cropper (Offspring, Network Ten), Lindsay McDougall (ABC’s Triple J Radio), Teisha Lowry (Australian model and founder of Indah Organics) and Kaiya Jones (Neighbours, Network Ten), who will join forces in giving a voice to the endangered orangutan population of Borneo.
The past year has seen BOS’s innovative release program take a giant leap in the fight to protect our orangutan cousins. “The past year has been filled with hope, as we have watched a program ten years in the making come to fruition,” said Tony Gilding, President of BOS Australia. “As we continue our hard work over in Borneo, we are thrilled to align with these generous, passionate animal lovers to raise awareness of the plight of the orangutans here in Australia, and look forward taking even greater strides forward over the coming months to help our primate friends,” he said.
To help make a difference to the endangered orangutan species, BOS is humbled to partner with the following ambassadors:
With a background in news, current affairs, teaching, journalism and education, Gorgi Coghlan’s experience is extensive and varied, but her love for animals was inspired at an early age while growing up on a sheep farm in Warnambool. Gorgi is a regular guest host on The Project, as well as often popping up on other TV and news shows and radio programs around Australia, and is committed to bringing awareness to the plight of the Bornean orangutans: “What an honour to help and represent these incredible animals. My family and I are 100 per cent dedicated to helping BOS raise much needed funds and awareness to ensure that orangutans not only survive, but thrive in the future.”
One of Australia’s most versatile and accomplished actors, Linda Cropper has a string of film credits to her name. Most recently, however, her role in Channel Ten’s Offspring has seen her achieve critical acclaim. Well renowned for her Australian theatre performances, Linda is also a huge lover of furry friends, and is appalled at the destruction of the orangutan’s habitat. “I am humbled to make any contribution I can to help them,” she shares.
Triple J Drive host Lindsay McDougall is a long-time advocate for the voiceless animal population. As lead guitarist in punk rock outfit Frenzal Rhomb, and a knowledgeable animal rights activist, Lindsay is not shy when it comes to ably supporting worthy causes be it politics, animals or other. “For years I’ve been interested in animal conservation, and the effect our diet and lifestyle has on the rest of the world has always been obvious to me,” he shares. “I’ve been vegan for 15 years and helped out with heaps of related organisations, and Borneo Orangutan Survival just seems so sensible a cause. And how gosh-darn cute are they?”
The brains and natural beauty behind INDAH Organics is Teisha Lowry, a model and entrepreneur working to ensure the beauty industry is both sustainable and ethical. Teisha has many strings to her bow – she’s an aromacologist, an organic skincare founder, a world-famous model and a business graduate, but perhaps most proudly she is a champion for green and humanitarian causes. “I was so excited to come on board as an ambassador for BOSA, and already have adopted two babies, Miko and Dodo,” says Teisha. “Orangutans are our closest ancestors, sharing 98 percent of our DNA, so I try and do as much as I can on a personal and business level to bring awareness to this wonderful cause.”
Kaiya Jones is a favourite actor on Network 10 program, Neighbours, and prior to this starred in the cult kids show The Saddle Club. A passion for animals and conservation is at the forefront of Kaiya’s concerns for the future and she is proud to come on board as an ambassador for BOSA, alongside finishing her high school studies. Kaiya shares, “BOS is making such a difference over in Borneo, rescuing and rehabilitating orangutans, and I am thrilled to be a part of such a great organisation. I am very proud and excited that, by working with BOS, I can help make a difference in our earth’s future, so that one day my grandchildren will be able to experience the beauty that I got to experience: the orangutans.”
BOSA is proud to align with such passionate media personalities, in their quest to help the plight of the orangutans.
Further Images of the Ambassador Meet & Greet event held on 23rd May 2013 in Sydney can be found here.