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Jimmy Halfcut, with Tahnee Barnes from End Extinction International, and Dean Bennet-Steel from Byron Rangers. Photo Jeff ‘Always HalfCut’ Dawson

As a passionate rainforest conservationist, Jimmy Halfcut wanted to get noticed by more people to make them aware of the fact that half the worlds rainforests have been destroyed by humans.

Jimmy’s novel approach, to cut off half his beard, has worked a treat, and when in public, he says he gets many people doing a double take and wanting to know his story. After being sponsored, Jimmy set up HalfCut as a not for profit organisation that encourages people to shave off half their hair or beard, or colour/braid half their hair for the month of August. The goal is to protect the last remaining forest, and to engage in regeneration projects with the dollars raised.

‘As a fundraising operation gaining momentum we partnered up with Rainforest 4 Foundation based in Mullumbimby and their Save the Daintree campaign. Its founder Kelvin Davies and I teamed up to support Daintree buy back activities. As part of Rainforest 4 activities Kelvin finds and negotiates the appropriate blocks to buy back,’ said Jimmy.

‘Our current fundraising target is to help buy back Lot 115 as a Ranger Station. This block is a spectacular property (8.8 hectares) in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. The property is significant because it will be an outpost/ranger station for Rainforest lowland Traditional Owners Kuku Yalanji people to be back on country and have a place to meet permanently.’

Rainforest 4 and HalfCut goal is to finish raising the over $200,000 needed to buy back Lot 115, with every $2.50 protecting one square metre of rainforest of Lot 155.

Jimmy said ‘My mission here is to say “the challenge is on Byron”to take on our annual HalfCut event at the end of August in Bondi by setting up your own Byron HalfCut team.’

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  1. People should be very careful to look closely at the charities they support. Dig deep into the legitimacy and integrity of the org and it’s managers. ACNC website or FIA certification etc. There is a popolur term in the conservation world ‘eco conman’ or ‘eco predator ‘ There are a lot around.

    Be very careful humans. Enquire – Ask questions – don’t believe every feel good article you read.


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