New South Wales

The Art Exhibition held on May 23rd and 24th at The Gardens on Forest, for TOP & IAR (International Animal Rescue) was a really lovely way to see each other again, meet new people, share orangutan stories, & introduce new people to TOP & IAR.

I was very proud of the atmosphere we created. The amount of people was far less than I anticipated, but those who did attend gave me wonderful feedback & we raised over $4,000 so it was worth it. Thank you so much to all my volunteers & friends, students & musicians, who helped me make it happen, both before, during & after the weekend, so much work went into this one.

TOP did really well with so much merchandise sold, 3 adoptions, the raffle, & donations. Also, thanks to the generosity & understanding from the staff at Gardens on Forest, & Sonia the beautiful lady who owns this stunning venue, we actually managed to also make money on the Door Takings! They were so helpful & I thoroughly recommend other Animal Organisations to get in touch with Gardens on Forest at Peakhurst, in Sydney, for an event in the future. Thankyou also to Kellie Riley for her gorgeous orangutan drawings, we sold 2, & Debra Nosky sold her cat painting. It was a success!
If anyone would like to come along to our Meetings or hold their own stalls, please contact me at

Warm wishes, Gail Browning. NSW Rep for The Orangutan Project.


On a sunny Sunday on 17 May, The Orangutan Project volunteers had set up a fundraising stall at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk at Sydney Olympic Park. Surrounded by so many dogs and dog lovers, our stall stood out as it was the only one that didn't have any dog related products. We of course, had Clyde our big orangutan being our crowd draw card as he got lots of cuddles from people and curious unsure looks from dogs. It was an uplifting day as a lot of people who came up to the stall expressed much support for what TOP is trying to achieve. The stall successfully raised $943.

NSW also had a stall at the RSPCA Million Paws Walk in Wollongong, run by Michelle Khlos, which raised $306.


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