Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 128

BUSINESS Joanna's big cat paintings to help raise cash for zoo Joanna May, a listed artist who specialises in wildlife, is planning to raise £6,000 for the Isle of Wight Zoo when she holds a private viewing at her home in Wiltshire on Sunday, October 9. Joanna is internationally renowned and her paintings often sell for thousands of pounds. She recently made two visits to the zoo studying the big cats as part of her latest work, which will be on show. Isle of Wight Zoo director Charlotte Corney and her partner, Wildlife presenter and naturalist Chris Packham, will be Joanna’s special guests, and in the afternoon Chris will be auctioning one of Joanna’s painting to raise money for the zoo’s work, and giving a conservation talk. Zoo spokesperson Sonia Mitchell said: “Joanna’s passion for wildlife shines through in her work, making her a perfect fundraising partner. Her generous support will help us in our mission to conserve the beautiful animals that provide her with so much inspiration.” As well as caring for a number of rescue cats, the Isle of Wight Zoo funds two major conservation projects. One is in the Karnataka region of India, and focuses on promoting advocacy for tigers. The other project is a project in Madagascar promoting sustainable farming methods. Anyone wishing to attend the viewing in Wiltshire is asked to contact Joanna directly on Joanna@ Isle of Wight Zoo Yaverland Seafront, Sandown PO36 8QB TEL: 01983 403883 George acted right to benefit the Island In 2009 George Taylor realised the damage being collectively caused to the planet through ignorance. That inspired him to look for a business opportunity that would not only have financial benefits for the business and its customers, but would help the Island become environmentally aware of its responsibilities for future generations. George founded and is owner of Actrite Ltd, who carry out work for all national utility suppliers under the government grant scheme CERT (carbon emission reduction target), and have insulated many homes on and off the Island with cavity wall and loft insulation. George explained: “Many Island and mainland businesses have also engaged our services. As a long standing Island resident I realise the need for all businesses to support local trades. We have carried out major insulation works for Warner Leisure Homes in Bembridge and on their mainland sites; we have a long standing contract with Barratt Homes at Pan Meadows; we have just completed a major project for Stonehams, and have recently secured a contract with Temple Building and Development for a Actrite Unit B3, Spithead Business Centre,