Not-for-profit group Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Australia has set a fundraising target of $150,000 to undertake a historic world-first large-scale release of orangutans back into the wild in 2011.

However, midway into the year, BOS Australia is still $100,000 short of that target, so it has organised a special evening of art and entertainment to help it reach its goal.

Hosted by Triple J’s Tom Ballard (pictured), the Please Release Me … Set Me Free benefit at Darlinghurst’s Name This Bar on July 13 will feature a live ‘art battle’ in which seven well known street artists — Deb, Amuse, Sam Clouston, Paul Gilsenan, Justin Feuerring, Rebecca Murphy, Bridge Stehli and Jess Cook — will compete to create the best ‘Please Release Me’ themed artwork on the night.

Providing the entertainment will be DJs Gabriel Clouston and Damien Goundrie, with live performances by AniKiko, Vindanand the Zion Band, the Loose Canons and street poet Mond.

Tantalising the tastebuds will be Asian-inspired canapés by Gastronomy, free-flowing Jungle Fever cocktails by Appleton Estate, and Cockfighter’s Ghost Sparkling Chardonnay.

Artworks will be auctioned on the night, with all proceeds going to BOS Australia.

Tickets are $40 each and cover all food and drinks and are available through Moshtix or www.orangutans.com.au

BOS Australia president Jan Hindmarsh said she hoped that in a decade’s time there would be enough protected rainforest sanctuaries for the orangutans in BOS’ care to live wild and free again.

“It’s an expensive process though, with land in the region so valued by resource companies who are ripping away the natural habitat of the orangutan. Even the smallest of donations will have an impact in helping us achieve the release of orangutans this year,” she said.

info: Please Release Me … Set Me Free benefit, Wednesday, July 13, 7-9.30pm, Name This Bar, 197 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

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