December Newsletter 2012

Merry Christmas from the JGI team to all our members, volunteers, friends and supporters. Thank you for helping the Jane Goodall Institute in 2012. It takes a united effort to achieve our mission to create solutionaries for a humane, peaceful and sustainable world. It’s a vital mission for the future of animals, people and the environment. As our founder Jane Goodall says, “Together, we are making a difference.”

You can help JGI this Christmas by:


2. Pro Bono Support

Thank you PrintLinx for your recent donation of printed goods for JGI. Based in Melbourne, PrintLinx exercises stringent sustainability standards, including FSC accreditation. To see our other pro bono supporters, click here.


Celebrate Christmas and the new year with Goodwill Wines.  Support JGI by purchasing Goodwill Wines here.

4. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in Tanzania

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which is making a difference in over 130 countries around the world, was born in Tanzania in 19xx. To see how far they’ve come, click here.

5. Volunteer Power

Bill Waterer and his wife, Lyn with Dr Jane.

This month we thank our dedicated volunteer, Bill Waterer, who has been coordinating R&S in WA since 2008. To find out what motivates Bill, click here.

6. JGI’s 2013 calendar

To see our exciting events planned for 2013, click here.

7. Humane Education Online Courses

 For further information about 2013 online courses with the Institute of Humane Education, click here.

8. SBN International Indigenous Youth Award Winners

JGI-A was proud to partner with the School Broadcasting Network for their International Indigenous Youth Award. Nominations came in from far and wide sharing stories of amazing projects and activities being undertaken by young people in far corners of the globe. CONGRATULATIONS to our winners who each receive $100 and a mentoring program with JGI-A. To read about our winners, click here.

Remember to listen to our monthly R&S segment on Primary Perspectives. Past podcasts can be listened to here.


October Newsletter 2012

1. New JGI Australia Video

Learn more about JGI Australia by watching our brand new video featuring our patron Lisa Wilkinson. We would like to thank Hardwired Humans and Momentum Energy for kindly sponsoring the video and everyone else who gave their time for its production. You can help us to promote the video by sharing it on Facebook.




2. Tchimpounga
For the latest news from the largest chimpanzee sanctuary in Africa and our new Chimp Guardianship program, read more

(The Jane Goodall Institute does not endorse handling or interfering with wild  chimpanzees. The chimpanzee in this photo is an orphan who lives at the Institute’s sanctuary).

3. Humane Education

Humane Education connects young people to themselves, people, nature and animals. In the process, it creates SOLUTIONARIES! Find out more about Solutionaries here….

Zoe Weil, Founder of the Institute of Humane Education, (IHE) delivers an inspiring Ted Talk-  “The World Becomes What We Teach”. Highly recommended viewing!

4. Meaningful Gifts

The Jane Goodall Institute is now registered with Karma Currency. Read more…

5. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots : solving food problems

Geelong’s Clonard College recently staged an innovative Sustainability Day Event with a focus on food. Read more…

6. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots on the radio Read more…. 7. Volunteer Power

THANK YOU to all our volunteers, past and present, for the contributions you have made to grow the Jane Goodall Institute in Australia! Read more ….

8. Peace Day

Friday 21st September was UN International Day of Peace. Read more… 

September Newsletter 2012


To celebrate International Day of Peace 2012 JGI-Australia has sourced copies of the film “Jane’s Journey” – an engaging documentary about Dr Jane’s life, from her early days in Africa to the life she leads now, traveling the world spreading messages of hope and action to people of all ages.

PUBLIC EVENTS for the screening of Jane’s Journey:

MELBOURNE – Friday 21st September
            Monash University, Melbourne
            Hosted by Monash University R&S group
            For more info please email:
ADELAIDE – Friday 21st September
            Adelaide Zoo
            Hosted by Zoos SA

2. Jane’s Journey DVD

The beautiful film about Jane Goodall’s extraordinary life story is now available exclusively from our online shop. Buy your copy today and enjoy.

3. Switched on Uni students

Members of Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots at Monash University recently volunteered at the Conservation Ecology Centre (CEC) in Cape Otway.

Students learnt about local endangered wildlife such as Tiger Quolls and how CEC runs breeding and tracking programs. Members participated in a range of activities including weeding of invasive plants that are aggressively spreading and threatening eucalyptus trees that Koalas feed on. They also helped the CEC’s rehabilitation centre for orphaned and injured wildlife by collecting eucalyptus branches for baby koalas that often become orphaned from car accidents along the Great Ocean Road. On the last day, students helped plant hundreds of trees, grasses and shrubs with the local Landcare group along the coast of Apollo Bay for National Tree Day. Members even spotted a couple of passing whales!


The world becomes what you teach”

JGI-Australia is excited to announce our collaboration with the Institute for Humane Education, based in the USA. This will provide us with access to courses, workshops and training for teachers, parents, community leaders and individuals with a passion for environmental preservation, animals protection and social justice.


For more information about Jane Goodall’s Humane Education programs, please contact


  • FOR 10-12 YEARS OLDS

Humane Education is a multi-disciplinary approach to education that fosters curiosity, creativity and critical thinking. Through engaging activities, your child will have the opportunity to learn how to contribute to creating a sustainable, humane and peaceful world.

When: Thursday 27th September
Time:  9am – 3.30pm
Where: Ceres Community Environmental Park
Numbers strictly limited
More info >>>


Do you know a young person who is making a difference through their actions in their local community, or beyond. Then visit and find out more about the 2012 SBN (School Broadcasting Network) International and Indigenous Youth Awards. Nominations are now open.

SBN is also calling for schools to enter the Switched On Radio Awards – Read More


You are invited to apply for the SBN School Awards 2012

“As an agent for positive change in the world, what would be your vision, journey and destination for 2015?”

Your school could win a fully sponsored ‘SwitchOn Radio’ Enrichment Program for 2013 by performing an original piece at the SBN International & Indigenous Youth Awards that explores this year’s theme of ‘being an agent for positive change’

The SBN School Awards are open to all primary and secondary schools across Australia/NZ Schools unable to perform live at the Awards may submit a DVD or PowerPoint presentation for consideration

For more information and application forms please contact Viarnne Mischon on m: 0421 737 464 e:


Feel like an adventure before the summer? There are still places left on the Uganda Trip in November. A unique and exciting opportunity to visit first hand and support JGI’s Community Conservation programs in Uganda, and to see our Great Ape cousins and other African wildlife.

For more information, go to this link.

7. Spotlight on the DRC

One of JGI-Australia’s key focus areas is JGI’s program in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (DRC)

As part of the Congo Basin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) contains the world’s second largest rainforest.  There are estimated to be roughly 70,000 to 100,000 chimpanzees in the DRC.  Threats to the great apes in the country include hunting for the illegal, commercial bushmeat trade, mining, deforestation and civil strife.  In response to these threats, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is leading a conservation action plan (CAP) in the eastern DRC.  The CAP will target more than 66 million acres, which contain approximately 15,000 chimpanzees and somewhere between 3,000-5,000 gorillas.  Read more >

Unfortunately a recent escalation in conflict in the Eastern regions of the DRC has seriously affected the conservation activities in several National Parks, such as Virunga National Park , that holds responsibility for protecting the Congo’s Mountain Gorillas. Read more >

This recent conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has to date not directly impacted JGI’s programs. Dario Merlo, JGI-DRC’s Program Director, states, “JGI’s activities in the DRC are in an area currently not affected by the conflict. This is a critical time for us to continue our programs in Community Conservation to ensure the future stability and protection of our environment, its animals and the communities dependenton them”.


  1. Raising awareness through public talks and general promotion. If you would like us to talk to your school, company or community group about JGI’s programs please email
  2. Funding through They’re Calling on You Mobile Phone Campaign


How you can make a difference

At JGI, we believe in the power of individuals to make a difference through the choices and actions we make on a daily basis. While the DRC is a long way away from us, we are playing a role in the problems this country faces through our consumption of mobile phones and other technology. Such items are a part of our modern lives, but through mindful consumption we can alleviate some of the impact.

  1. They’re Calling On You” : Recycle your mobile phones and encourage others to do the same. Visit

Tell your family, friends, school, local businesses, company about this campaign and see how many people you can encourage to recycle their phones. Funds raised from this program provide much needed funding to JGI’s programs in the DRC.

  1. Make use of your current phone for longer. The average Australian replaces their mobile phone every 18-24 months. Take care of yours and make it last longer, and avoid being caught up in the trap of having to have the latest version phone upon its release …With the recent release of the Iphone 5S, ask yourself – is this a WANT or a NEED?
  2. CHOOSE Conflict-Free Minerals : in recent times ratings on technology companies have been developed so that we as consumers can choose to buy technology from companies that are demonstrating a commitment to sourcing conflict-free minerals. Raise Hope for the Congo is a proactive group raising awareness of Conflict Minerals in technology, and inspiring people to take action. Read more >


More than 800 million people around the world currently use mobile phones and that figure is growing daily! In Australia alone, it is estimated that there were 9 million new mobile phones sold in the last 12 months.

Australians typically upgrade their phones every 18-24 months! This exerts enormous pressure on the mining of resources such as coltan needed to manufacture new phones.

80% of the world’s coltan reserves are located within the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the forest is denuded for mining, the protection once offered by the habitat in it’s pristine state is now no longer able to shelter gorillas and a range of other species from the bush meat crisis. In Kahuzi Biega National Park, more than fifty percent of the Eastern gorilla population has been lost, leaving the species on the brink of extinction.

You can make a difference simply by donating your old mobile phone.


Toorak R&S raises money to send two Ecoguards from the DRC
to the World  Ranger Congress in Tanzania.

A newly formed Roots & Shoots group in Victoria, consisting of a handful of young sixth grade girls, were searching for a worthy cause to stand behind when they were introduced to the Thin Green Line Foundation. Read More >

The Thin Green Line is dedicated to supporting the brave Park Rangers world-wide, primarily in developing nations, who risk their lives protecting the wildlife and wild places so vital to conservation.  They are often overlooked for the work they do and the risks and sacrifices they endure.

Inspired by the Rangers’ bravery in often dangerous conditions with little resources and support, the girls set a goal and raised $2,000 through school fundraising to sponsor two senior Park Rangers to attend the World Ranger Congress in Tanzania this November.  These Park Rangers (Ecoguards)work in collaboration with the Jane Goodall Institute in the heart of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The World Ranger Congress occurs every four years and enables Rangers from around the globe to meet, share ideas and gain valuable knowledge provided by experts in the field.

The Thin Green Line worked together with JGI and the girls, providing information regarding Ranger life and the importance of the Congress.  

Impressed with their achievement in successfully sponsoring two Rangers, the Thin Green Line honoured the girls by presenting them with the ‘Young Conservationists of the Year’ award. 

It is testament to the belief that everyone, no matter how young, can make a difference, make a change, make the decision to act.

The Toorak Roots & Shoots group has now not only sponsored the JGI-DRC’s Ecoguards to attend the Congress, but has established contact with both men and are learning more about their jobs, their lives and their families in Africa.

It also highlights the power of collaboration.  JGI-Australia’s Alicia Kennedy, says,” JGI shares a strong friendship with The Thin Green Line and this project has been an example of how non-profit organisations can support each other’s work.

“It is simply wonderful that two of JGI’s Ecoguards will have this opportunity to attend the World Rangers Congress as a result of the collaboration and effort between the Thin Green Line and JGI – and most importantly, the incredible and enthusiastic contribution and support of the Toorak R&S group – its students, teachers and parents.

“We congratulate them for this wonderful outcome and are delighted to know that this project has started an exchange between one of our R&S groups here in Australia and the Ecoguards and their community in the DRC.”

For more information on the Thin Green Line Foundation go to

For more information on the World Rangers Congress go to

Camryn, Gemma and Hannah from Toorak R&S receive their Young Rangers Award from The Thin Green Line’s Sean Willmore.

July Newsletter 2012

1. New Website – Andy and the JGI team have been creating a brand new JGI website. Go to this link to view our website and upcoming events now!

2. Lisa Wilkinson – JGI Australia is honoured to have Channel 9’s television host Lisa Wilkinson as Patron. Learn why Lisa supports JGI Australia here.

3. Humane Education – JGI Australia’s vision is to become Australia’s leading Humane Education and Great Ape conservation organisation. Alicia has been training with the world’s Humane Education experts. Read more about Humane Education and why it is vital in creating a better world here.

4. JGI Uganda Adventure – JGI Australia has partnered with RAW Africa to create a unique travel experience in Uganda in November this year! For more information, go to this link.

5. Jane’s Journey – We are delighted to announce that we will soon have DVD’s of Jane’s Journey, a beautiful film about Jane Goodall’s extraordinary and inspiring life, available through our online shop. To mark World Peace Day on September 21, we are organising a national film day where Roots & Shoots groups and individuals around Australia will be screening the film in their homes, inviting friends and family to watch the film. Check our online shop and buy your copy soon.

6. JGI Coffee Cups – How many disposable coffee cups do you think Australians use each year? Approximately 500 million!!! You can help reduce waste and landfill by using a quality, JGI coffee cup instead of a disposable. Buy one today from our online shop.

7. Roots & Shoots Group News – St Brigid’s College R&S group, WA continues to work hard in their school community raising awareness of the Australian Orangutan Project. They also held a bake sale to raise money to sponsor orphaned Orangutans. Well done to all the girls at St Brigid’s! Read more.

June Newsletter 2012


JGI is pleased to announce that we have been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a Deductible Gift Recipient. This means that you can now receive a tax deduction for gifts to the Jane Goodall Institute Australia Limited of $2 or more and be rewarded for supporting our worthy cause. When you donate , you will automatically be issued with a receipt. Thanks very much for your kind support

2. Campbell Whalley

With great sadness, we wish to inform you that our dear friend and Roots & Shoots advocate, Campbell Whalley, passed away on May 24. Campbell’s friendship with Jane Goodall began more than 50 years ago when Jane first moved to Africa. Campbell was a game warden in Tanzania at the time and taught Jane much about the African bush, cultures and people. More recently, Campbell championed our Roots & Shoots program by driving the program in the Marree School in South Australia.

We will miss Campbell and send our love to his wife Judy and family.

3. Live the Change Challenge


4. World Environment Day

JGI celebrated World Environment Day on June 5 with a screening of Jane’s Journey in Mornington, Victoria, followed by a presentation and Q&A session with Natalie Houghton about JGI Australia.
We’d like to thank Sean Wilmore from the Thin Green Line Foundation, the Mornington Shire Council and Emma Malone from the Toorak College Roots & Shoots group for supporting this event.

5. JGI Global Conference

Natalie Houghton CEO, along with 48 delegates from other JGI countries attended the 2012 JGI Global Meeting held in Barcelona, Spain from the 3rd-7th May. It was a great opportunity to meet and hear other JGI representatives about the African Programs and Roots & Shoots projects. The conference also focused on the creation of the JGI Global body which will be based in the UK. Our Chairman, Dr Alicia Kennedy, will be on the JGI Global Board giving a voice for Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Global Board giving a voice for Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

At the conclusion of the conference, Jane reminded us that “Everyone in the JGI global family IS making a difference and positively changing the world.”




6. JGI BYO Coffee Cups

We all love hot coffee on cold wintery days. Instead of wasting precious resources and increasing landfill with take away cups, why not use a JGI BYO Coffee cup? Buy a quality cup from our merchandise store today!

April Newsletter 2012

TACARE (Take Care)


Fences to Forests

Work is underway on the first island, Tchindzoulou, to re-house 60 of the larger chimpanzees from Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre (TCRC). Panels have been shipped to the island and friends, volunteers and staff at Adelaide Zoo have kindly donated 100 handmade hammocks for the chimps. 900 posts are needed to build all the structures required to safely move the chimps. The wooden posts used at Tchimpounga have to be replaced every two years but thanks to Matt Green, the Taraonga Zoo construction/assets Manager found a solution: plastic posts made from recycled materials. These are guaranteed for 40 years so a vast improvement on the wooden posts. Two dinghies have been purchased, one is a six passenger vessel and the other an eight passenger vessel. These will be used for transporting supplies and eventually visitors to Tchindzoulou Island. The rainy season in Congo runs from October to April so work will commence in late April. All being well the first chimps will arrive on the island in September/October 2012.

The Jane Goodall Institute TACARE Programme has greatly improved the lives of the people in 24 villages around Gombe and generated a degree of cooperation with the people that would have been unthinkable before. Today, under the leadership of Emmanuel Mtiti, we are reaching out to many other villages in the large mostly degraded area that we call the Greater Gombe ecosystem, with the aim of restoring the forests. Most recently, with government support, we are introducing the TACARE programme in a very large and relatively sparsely populated area to the south, hoping to protect the forests before they are cut down and thus save many of Tanzania’s remaining chimpanzees.

Gombe Stream Research Centre – Life of a tracker

What is it like to follow chimps all day? Exciting and frustrating, peaceful and thrilling. Researchers go to the nest site before dawn and wait for the group to wake up. After that, they just have to keep up. The chimps might sit and feed in one small area all day. Or they might travel across three valleys, through two-foot tunnels in thorny vines, up and down precipices, through savage army ants and rainstorms. Trackers come home in the evening scratched, bruised and tired. But they can cool off in the lake and swap chimp stories over dinner. Exhilarated and exhausted, they know there is still data to record and observations to add to the accumulating insights into chimp behaviour.

Having been confiscated by the authorities in Kouilou, in the Republic of Congo, and taken to Brazzaville Zoo, Dunez was then transferred to the TCRC. His limbs could barely support his bony body and he could hardly raise his eyes because he was so weak. Thanks in large part to his caregiver Tachi, Dunez has begun to regain his strength and although still very thin he is now making excellent progress and is well on the road to recovery.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots in almost 1,500 schools

There has been so much to celebrate at JGR&S in the last few months. The Annual Awards were a roaring success at ZSL, Regents Park last December. The work of the students from 10 schools and two university groups completely inspired and awed over 100 guests who attended to celebrate their achievements. The students from Pembridge Hall Preparatory School for Girls in London took the Gold Award for the Most Outstanding Group and Bethany Ecroyd, a sixth form student at Accrington St. Christopher’s Church of England School, Lancashire, won the Most Outstanding Individual Award and will be joining other young people in an overseas development project proudly sponsored by Quest Overseas. Tara Golshan, Executive Director, Education said “The projects this year were outstanding and exceeded all our expectations. The young people were creative and highly motivated in their quest to make a difference which was demonstrated by the impact their work is having on our environment.” In December 2011 Dr Jane Goodall and Tara Golshan attended the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi. The trip included successful school and universitylectures and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots workshops with a pledge from the Government to establish R&S in the Middle East. Ex President Clinton himself thanked them for all the work of the Jane Goodall Institute over the years!

Thanks to a recent donation from Holtkamper, the Jane Goodall Institute is now able to care more effectively for injured chimpanzees in Uganda. Though chimpanzees are not commonly hunted in Uganda, the snares and “mantraps” intended for other forest animals have been a major source of injury and death for chimpanzees in the country. Chimps have been severely injured, lost their limbs, and even died from these devices. Currently, more than 25% of the chimpanzees living in Uganda’s forests have snare-related injuries. In addition to the Institute’s work to remove snares, promote alternative livelihoods for poachers and raise awareness about snares’ impact on chimpanzees, JGI is working to free and provide medical attention for chimps caught in these devices. Over the past four years, the JGI veterinary intervention team has rescued 12 wild chimpanzees from mantraps and snares. Despite JGI’s work, the great distance between chimpanzee habitat and medical clinics has posed a challenge to the rescue and treatment of injured chimps found deep in the forest. The forest is not an ideal environment for clinical procedures, especially when conducting surgeries, and it’s often difficult to move chimpanzees to proper medical facilities, which can be as far as 300 kilometers away. Due to a generous donation of a tent trailer from Holtkamper, JGI’s ability to care for injured chimpanzees found in the forest has greatly improved. The donated Holtkamper tent trailer has been modified for use both as a camping tent and mobile veterinary clinic. The tent allows for the treatment of chimpanzee injuries in a safe and sterile environment and will go a long way toward ensuring that proper medical care is provided. Budongo Forest is Uganda’s largest tropical rainforest with a population of approximately 600 chimpanzees. Occasionally, chimpanzees leave the forest in search of food on community land adjacent to the forest. The raiding of crops by chimpanzees has led to conflict between the humans and chimpanzees.
in communities surrounding the forest. JGI has also provided training in skills such as bead and basket making and financial support to promote alternative livelihoods in rural communities. For example, the Institute helped establish an ecotourism site, which provides a source of revenue and employment for the local community. In most cases, JGI’s work has led people to become more enthusiastic about and supportive of chimpanzee conservation, and has demonstrated that people can live alongside wildlife while developing sustainable livelihoods.

Dr Peter Apell, Veterinarian & Programmes Manager for the Jane Goodall Institute Uganda.

Jane gives the Key Address at Westminster Abbey

On Monday 12th March 2012, Jane gave a special address during the Commonwealth Observance Service at Westminster Abbey in London. The event honoured the annual celebration of the British Commonwealth. This year’s theme was “Connecting Cultures.”
Jane addressed heads of state and more than 1,000 school children during her speech. Her Majesty the Queen, Prince Philip and other members of the royal family were present to hear Jane’s message. Jane also filled the ordinarily formal Westminster Abbey with her signature chimpanzee pant-hoot.
“It was connections between England and Kenya that first enabled me to achieve my childhood dream when I sailed from England in 1957. It was connections with Kenya and Tanzania that enabled me start my studies…that I continue today,” Jane said.
Following her speech, Jane joined the royal family and other dignitaries at a private reception at Marlborough House to commemorate the day.

Fantastic sketches by member Jane Tucker


Jane Tucker, who became a Chimp Guardian in 2010, loves chimpanzees. Jane is a talented artist and has sketched all the chimpanzees in JGI UK’s guardian programme. I was so impressed with Jane’s drawings I wanted to share one of them with you. The sketch below is of Kudia who arrived at Tchimpounga starving (her name means ‘to eat’ in the local language), ill and injured. Kudia has now made a full recovery and is now known for her happy temperament and love of food. Claire Quarendon, Office Administrator JGI UK

Private Reception with Dr Jane Goodall and screening of the award winning film ‘Jane’s Journey’

The Chairman and Trustees of the Jane Goodall Institute UK would be delighted if you could join them at a Private Reception with Dr Jane Goodall and screening of the award winning film ‘Jane’s Journey’ at the May Fair Hotel, Mayfair on Wednesday the 2nd May at 7pm. Special guest: BBC World Affairs Editor – John Simpson CBE. Ticket price £150. For more information on this exciting event please contact Claire Quarendon –
E-mail: Tel: 02380 335660.


Me… Jane

In his characteristic heart warming style, Patrick McDonnell tells the story of the young Jane Goodall and her special childhood toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. As the young Jane observes the natural world around her with wonder, she dreams of “a life living with and helping all animals,” until one day she finds that her dream has come true. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, McDonnell makes this very true story accessible for the very young– and young at heart.
Buy your copy now either on line or phone 02380 335660. Price £12.00.


New members

We are encouraging all JGI supporters to help recruit new members with a fabulous FREE GIFT offer. Simply recommend JGI membership to a friend or family member to claim your FREE GIFT. We will send you a hardback copy of ‘Hope for Animals and Their World’ personalized by Jane for each new Gold member and a signed poster for each new Silver member who subscribes on your recommendation.

The Jane Goodall Institute UK
Orchard House
51 – 67 Commercial Road
Southampton SO15 1GG
Tel: 02380335660
Charity Registration No 327858


Farewell to a friend

The Chair, Trustees and staff of the Jane Goodall Institute UK would like to thank and offer a very fond farewell to Dilys MacKinnon who resigned from the JGI UK Board at the last Trustees’ meeting. Dilys helped to set up the first Jane Goodall Institute in Maryland USA in 1977. She then set up a JGI office in the UK in 1989 in her converted garage. When the office moved to Southampton Dilys stayed on for another two years before retiring as Executive Director. Not being able to say goodbye to JGI completely she became a Trustee of the Institute and her vast knowledge of all JGI programmes has been invaluable to new members of the Board. We are hoping to get Jane, all the Trustees and staff together in the near future to give Dilys the proper send off she deserves.

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March Newsletter 2012

1. Live the Change Challenge

This month we are launching our exciting new campaign: Live the Change Challenge.

Helping our planet doesn’t need to be a drag. It can be as easy as changing a few everyday things in our lives. Simple actions like walking to work or refusing plastic bags at the supermarket can make a world of difference.
Beginning May 16th 2012, people young and old will commit to taking 3 SIMPLE ACTIONS EVERY DAY FOR 21 DAYS and they will seek sponsorship from their friends and family to support their efforts while raising money for JGI-Australia.
These Change Agents will be showing everyone just how easy it can be to care for animals, the environment and their communities.
Are you up for the Challenge? Become a Change Agent in our Live the Change Challenge by signing up today.
Visit to sign up!

2. We’re Growing!

JGI Australia is delighted to welcome 2 new staff members to our team!

Dr Alicia Kennedy, Chairman of JGI and long-term, dedicated volunteer, has just been appointed the new Roots & Shoots National Manager. Alicia brings to us a wealth of experience with Roots & Shoots, as well as an infectious dedication to helping our world by inspiring, empowering and connecting people. Alicia replaces Corinne Bowman who resigned from her role with JGI after her maternity leave. We are grateful for the contribution Corinne has made to JGI Australia and wish her well in the future as a mother!

We also welcome Andrew Corlett as our new Administration Assistant. Aside from financial management, Andy brings us a range of creative skills including writing, graphic design, marketing and website development! Andy also volunteers with local environmental groups and can speak French!

3. Fundraise for JGI!

JGI Australia needs your help so we can continue to make a difference. Now, there are more ways to get involved while having fun! The only limit is your imagination! Host a cocktail party for JGI, an afternoon tea, a movie night. Climb a mountain, run a marathon, paddle a river! Go to  to start your own online fundraising page.

Remember, you can also join JGI as a 2012 member.

4. Help the Bilbies this Easter through Darrel Lea
Everyone loves chocolate at Easter time. This Easter, please think of the endangered bilbies, not bunnies! Did you know, that each time you buy a Darrel Lea Chocolate bilby, Darrel Lea donates a percentage of the profit to the Save the Bilby Fund? Darrel Lea bilbies are palm oil free.
If you can’t find Darrel Lea bilbies, look for Haigh’s Chocolates Haigh’s are delicious, completely palm oil free and Business Friends of JGI!

5. Easter Wine Special

In the lead upto Easter, the Vegan Mixed case is reduced by $15! Vegan wine is wine that uses no animal products in its production. $20 from every case of JGI labelled wine is kindly donated to our organisation. Buy a case  for Easter today!


KIDS DAY OUT AT EDGARS MISSION: Sunday April 15th 10am-3pm

Become a Kindness Crusader, help feed the animals on the farm tour, enjoy a delicious cruelty-free lunch and hear from young people who are working to make our world a better place. A fun filled day not to be missed at Edgars Mission which is one of JGI’s special friends!

Go to for more information and to register.

7. Dr. Goodall Meets Queen Elizabeth II

On Monday, March 12, 2012, our founder Dr. Jane Goodall, gave a special address during the Commonwealth Observance Service at Westminster Abbey in London. Dr. Goodall addressed heads of state and more than 1,000 school children during her speech. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and other members of the royal family were present to hear Jane’s message. Jane also filled the ordinarily formal Westminster Abbey with her signature chimpanzee pant-hoot.
In 2004, Dr. Goodall was named a Dame of the British Empire, the female equivalent of knighthood.

8. Moon Bear movie screening across Australia

JGI is concerned for all life on Earth, including all animal species. For those of you who enjoy stories animal rescues and happy endings, consider watching Cages of Shame as it screens across Australia in April. For further information, go to

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