The Impact Youth Forum is an amazing initiative of the Wyong Shire Council to engage high school students from the Wyong Shire to find and follow their passion and develop unparalleled leadership skills.
Daniel and William were invited to present to the 100 high school students about their quest to save the orangutan as an example of what two young people can do when they set their minds to it and follow their passion. William at 15 years old, and his brother Daniel at 17, who has cerebral palsy, spoke for 30 minutes on their quest to save the orangutan from extinction and then talked briefly on how their quest was only one of many examples of people taking action and resulting in leadership opportunities.
The boys received many questions after their presentation and were inundated at morning tea with students wishing to know more on how they can start their own initiatives.
Over the course of the past 6 years Daniel and William have raised more than $715,000 to save the orangutan and protected 80,000 acres of critical orangutan habitat.
The boys used their quest to demonstrate to the students what can be achieved when opportunities are presented to you and how you can take those opportunities and empower others to follow your leadership and make a HUGE difference in our world.
The boys were able to demonstrate to the students their core values of doing the right thing, which includes; determination, persistence and following your dream as an unstoppable recipe for achieving your passion.
Maraylya Public School may be a small school situated in the beautiful Hawkesbury district of NSW, but it sure is big when it comes to understanding the importance of saving orangutans.
Over the past couple of months their Stage 2 class (3/4) has been studying sustainability with their teacher Mrs Mackey. Of course, ‘Tears In The Jungle’ was a key text they used as part of this unit.
“The class were so inspired by Daniel and William’s book they organised a mufti day, raising almost $280.00″, Mrs Mackey said. The kids were asked to bring a gold coin donation, and their favourite soft toy animal, to enter in competitions on the day. They had a fun-filled afternoon which was even covered by the local newspaper, the Hawkesbury Gazette (see photo). The following Wednesday the school was on the front page of the Gazette with the book “Tears in the Jungle” featuring in the photo and some toy orangutans.
Mrs Fiona Mackey and Class 3/4 at Maraylya Public School
Mrs Mackey and the class decided to use the money to buy 15 copies of the book “Tears in the Jungle” and donate the books to the other 14 small schools in and around the Hawkesbury district for their library. This way they were helping Daniel and William’s cause to save the orangutans and bring further awareness of the plight of the orangutan to all the children in the surrounding small schools.
The class, as part of their work in public speaking, attended each schools’ assemblies and spoke about the knowledge they had gained from the book and presented it to the school on behalf of Class 3/4 at Maraylya Public School.
Mrs Mackey said, “What an amazing journey from one book written by two boys who wanted to save the orangutans! Class 3/4 at Maraylya Public School would like to thank Daniel and William for producing such a beautifully inspiring book and hope many other schools, after reading this story, might consider following in our footsteps to empower schools around their areas to help this worthy cause.”
Thank you Mrs Mackey, your class and your school is truly amazing !!
Five year old Twyla from Sydney was inspired by Daniel and William’s quest to save the orangutans after hearing them speak at the Lady Game Kindergarten in October, 2012 in front of 100 children, family friends and guests.
Her Grandma, the director of the kindergarten, bought her a copy of the Tears in the Jungle book which she has absolutely loved and looks at often. According to her mother, Lilly, “She often hugs the book because of the beautiful orangutan on the cover”. Her favourite picture is the orangutan with all of the bananas in his mouth. Continue reading
From Air Hostess to owning and managing the worlds largest orangutan rehabilitation sanctuary, Nyaru Menteng, Lone Droscher Nielsen visited Sydney and met with Daniel and William in a national tour sponsored by BOS Australia last week. Continue reading
An invitation to present to the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) on Thursday saw Daniel and William presenting their quest, to save the orang-utan, to thirty-five University Students learning to become our next generation of primary school teachers.
The invitation to attend the Ku-Ring Gai Campus of UTS came from lecturer, John Buchanan, who, in regards to Daniel and William’s quest, identified the opportunity to demonstrate the potential of children and how it should not be underestimated. With the passion of their quest behind them, Mr Buchanan understood how, with the right support, children can achieve the most amazing outcomes and wanted to convey this key message to his students.
Daniel and William with Ed Dyer, Animator
Daniel and William visited Luna Park today in Sydney and were captivated by the work of professional cartoonist and animator Ed Dyer. Continue reading
Over the past 12 months Daniel and William have been working alongside Gary Parker, Council Chairman for Multiple District 201 of Lions Club International, to sell their best selling Australian book through the Lions Clubs around Australia.
Taking Up the Challenge
Many of the Lions Clubs have taken up the challenge with funds raised from the sale of the boys book going to orangutan rescue, rehabilitation and release programs as well as causes such as the Lions Childrens Cancer Research Foundation.
LtoR: Ann and Alan McDonald, William and Daniel, Gary and Lois Parker
2013 Merry Christmas message from Daniel and William !!
Thank you for all of your help and support this year – it has made a MASSIVE difference to the Orangutans. THANK YOU !!
Gorokan High School is rocking to the sound of orangutans after Daniel and William presented their quest to save the critically endangered orangutan to over 500 high school students today.
Daniel and William receiving an award from Leif Cocks, President of The Orangutan Project
Daniel and William attended The Orangutan Project’s (TOP) Let’s Go Ape function on Saturday night and were surprised by the President of The Orangutan Project, Leif Cocks, presenting the boys with an aware for their dedication and services to the Charity.
The night was a very successful event organised by TOP’s volunteer Gail Browning at the 99 on York Street club in Sydney City. There were many raffles and auctions on the night which raised a substantial amount of money for the cause. Continue reading