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Stephen Fry in Australia

Posted on: 06.08.10 (Last edited) 8 October 2010

FFI global CEO – Mark Rose and The Founders’ Board recently welcomed FFI Vice-President Stephen Fry to Australia to host two intimate events at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney Harbour.

A diverse and lively group of guests were in attendance, including Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, Baroness Valerie Amos – who is to be >> inaugurated as a Vice-President in November, Australian comedian Wil Anderson and Terri Irwin, amongst others. It was wonderful to see such a diverse group so completely engaged with our special guest and his brilliant accounts of being involved with FFI.

Fry both thanked everyone for their support so far and urged all the guests to get further involved. The events were wonderfully vibrant and provided further impetus to our efforts to raise the issue of biodiversity conservation in Australia.

Nearly seventy guests attended the FFI Australia events at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Arts. They ate food from sustainable sources and listened raptly as Stephen spoke about re-locating the last northern white rhinos from the Czech Republic to Africa.

Stephen also mused over various natural wonders including the parasitic candirú fish from South America – reported to lodge in human genitals – and the endangered, flightless kakapo parrot, which can only be found on New Zealand’s Codfish Island.

FFI CEO Mark Rose, who co-hosted the events, said: “Stephen’s passionate and inimitable presentations left his audience inspired by and committed to conservation. He is a wonderful ambassador for FFI.”

Written by
Ally Catterick

Ally worked in media management and PR for clients including comedians Eddie Izzard and Ed Byrne before becoming Publicity Manager for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Strategy and communications for conservation organisation Greening Australia and her role as Unit and Company Publicist for production company Roving Enterprises followed, until she was introduced to Fauna & Flora International (FFI) upon their arrival in Australia in 2008. Ally became a founding board member – until moving to the UK to become the organisation's Communications Manager. Ally is now FFI's Deputy Director of Communications and oversees all communications for FFI globally.

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