Liv­ing Lo­cal

Who are the big names tak­ing the stage at The Bri­tish Club’s Best of Bri­tish fes­ti­val next month? Read on for a roundup of the celebri­ties head­lin­ing the an­nual event, with de­tails of when you can see them in ac­tion.

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Life & Family -

The Leuser Ecosys­tem in north­ern Su­ma­tra, In­done­sia (just 45 min­utes from Sin­ga­pore by plane) is the last place where tigers, rhi­nos, orang­utans and ele­phants still co-ex­ist, and is re­garded as one of the planet’s most bio­di­verse en­vi­ron­ments. Com­mu­ni­ties along the Leuser’s edge live a sub­sis­tence life­style, and have few ways to earn in­come other than trap­ping an­i­mals or work­ing in un­sus­tain­able oil-palm plan­ta­tions.

This vul­ner­a­ble area came to the at­ten­tion of Aus­tralian ex­pat Jess Mck­el­son dur­ing her work at the Su­ma­tran Orangutan Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gram. Eight years ago, she started an eco-tour com­pany, Raw Wildlife En­coun­ters, to shine a light on this amaz­ing place and to pro­vide employment to the lo­cal peo­ple.

Along the way, she has set up con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­nity build­ing pro­grammes that de­serve a special men­tion: • Rangers of Tangka­han em­ploys a team of 10 rangers to pro­tect

the buf­fer zone around the Leuser. • The Su­ma­tran Dog Health Pro­gram pro­vides free health care, vac­ci­na­tion and ster­il­i­sa­tion for do­mes­tic dogs, plus ed­u­ca­tion about the grow­ing dog-meat in­dus­try. • Kids at­tend af­ter-school ses­sions to de­velop learn­ing skills, and can look for­ward to a new En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­gram that will teach them about the im­por­tance of the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment to their fu­ture. • Com­mu­nity help pro­gramme Days for Girls pro­vides fem­i­nine hy­giene kits and health ed­u­ca­tion to sup­port girls and women to stay at school or in employment. raw­ildlife.com.au

Brent and Amanda to Mer­rick are proud ar­rival an­nounce the safe to of Theo, baby brother Jade, on 8 Fe­bru­ary. Anne-kristin and Ar­naud Vau­dour have hap­pily wel­comed Elias, sis­ters join­ing Lou and Salomé, and brother Sacha.

4 June Queen El­iz­a­beth II Cup at the Sin­ga­pore Turf Club 9 June Com­mon­wealth Wine & Gourmet Din­ner 10 June Su­per­brains In­ter-com­mu­nity Quiz Night 11 June Fam­ily Day & Open House 13 June Ladies Lun­cheon and Cook­ing Demon­stra­tion 14 June Prize Bingo Night 15 June The Judy Gar­land & Liza Min­nelli Show 16 June Com­edy Night 17 June Grand Fi­nale Ball: West End Pre­miere at The Lon­don Pal­la­dium, at One Far­rer Ho­tel & Spa

A 30-minute pho­tog­ra­phy ses­sion with award-win­ning Lit­tleones Pho­tog­ra­phy, plus a com­pli­men­tary acrylic block (8x6 inches), to­tal value worth $475 (lit­tleone­spho­tog­ra­phy.com). Moved back to Sin­ga­pore and want to let peo­ple know you’re back in town? Whatev

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