When we first started writing to red-headed celebrities, asking them to take part in our Jungle VIP Auction, we weren’t sure how they’d react. But what a response! From Tim MInchin, Nicole Kidman and Nicola Roberts to Chris Evans, Newton Faulkner and Radiohead, a long list of stars decided to take part. As a result of the items auctioned, sales of our 96.4% Orangutan t-shirts and donations, we have already raised more than £8,000!
While this is a fantastic amount – thank you to all who have got involved – the more we raise the more we can achieve. We’re aiming to hit £10k by the end of the month. So we’re excited to announce that yet more great items have been donated to help us reach our target. We’ve just added some fantastic new auction lots to http://www.ebay.co.uk/JungleVIP including a beautiful limited edition screenprint donated and signed by artist Rob Ryan, a surf board donated and signed by pro surfer Maud Le Car, Lucian Freud Portraits exhibition tickets plus dinner at the National Portrait Gallery, a behind the scenes tour at Kew Gardens and more.
“I am supporting the Sumatran Orangutan Society and the Jungle VIP Auction<link?> because the charity is working for a great cause and we need to worry about wildlife and save them from going extinct,” says Maud. “This is one of my surfboards that I’ve been surfing in France, it was my first ‘mini gun’ for big waves. I hope the person who buys it will have as much fun on it as I did!”
There’s also a stunning photograph of Brian Briggs, lead singer of award-winning band Stornoway. The signed photo – the only one of its kind – was taken by Oxford-based photographer John Bullock at our Concert4Conservation. “I met Brian when we were both undergraduates at university, long before Stornoway formed, so I’ve known the band right from the beginning”, explains John. “I started taking photographs of them in 2007.”
The Concert4Conservation took place in Oxford in 2011, raising funds for the Sumatran Orangutan Society, RSPB and the Earth Trust – causes Brian feels strongly about. “I’ve been passionate about wildlife conservation for longer than I’ve been passionate about making music,” he says.
John took a series of photographs at the fundraising gig, but likes this one in particular. “I like the star burst of light behind Brian and his facial expression. The band don’t move around a lot on stage, so things like that are important to differentiate shots from just being a guy singing with a guitar!”
100% of proceeds from the sale of these items go to the Sumatran Orangutan Society. Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered and without urgent action could be the first Great Ape species to become extinct. By bidding you can help SOS in our work to protect them – visit www.ebay.co.uk/JungleVIP. You can also sell your own items via the auction, buy a 96.4% Orangutan t-shirt, or make a donation. Any amount makes a difference. Please help us spread the word. Thank you.