Daniel and William received the following letter from Mrs Mackey, a teacher at Marayla Public School, NSW;
It’s official, Maraylya Public School absolutely loves the book ‘Tears in the Jungle’ written by brothers Daniel and William Clarke. We are a rural school situated in the Hawkesbury district and are dedicated to stopping palm oil sourced unsustainably being used in our foods, which will help save the orangutans’ habitat in Indonesia. Mrs Mackey and class 2/3 have been reading the book ‘Tears in the Jungle’ as part of the English unit incorporating sustainability. The class was so inspired by this book that they wanted to do something to help Daniel and William save the orangutans.
Mrs Mackey and the children sourced popcorn with no palm oil in it and set about, through a project-based learning approach, putting together a presentation using a PowerPoint to present to the school P&C meeting to introduce this popcorn into our canteen. The children spoke passionately to the parents and also showed them Daniel and William’s video so they could help the parents understand the plight of the orangutans. The P&C that night unanimously voted to introduce the popcorn into the school canteen. The next day the popcorn was included on the school canteen menu and immediately sold out as the whole school got behind class 2/3’s initiative to help save the orangutans.
It’s amazing how a community can have such a big heart and take on board class 2/3’s passion to help Daniel and William. Thank you to Mrs Mackey, class 2/3, the teachers, parents and children of Maraylya Public School. What an amazing feat you have achieved! Our students will be touched by this book for the rest of their lives and we have Daniel and William Clarke to thank. Mrs Mackey and class 2/3 are now hoping for a second book.
From Daniel and William:
Thank you SO much for liking our book as well as doing so much to help save the orangutan. If only everyone had the support and guidance that you do from your teachers and family – congratulations !! We also received your letters and read through ALL of them and will write back to you all soon. Thank you also for your suggestion on what to include in our new book – we are hoping to have it ready soon !
After seeing a show on ABC Television about a small school at Jerrys Plains and how they have embraced a love of reading and books, Daniel and William thought it would be great to pay them a visit and talk to them about their quest to save the orangutan as well as donate some books for their book club. With only 42 kids at the school ranging from Years 1 to 6, the boys took the day off from their university studies to travel the 200km to present their quest to save the orangutan to the kids at Jerrys Plains Public School.
This beautiful little country school in NSW is 2.5 hours drive north of Sydney in the Hunter Valley and was founded in 1879. It is currently undergoing heritage restorations and is absolutely beautiful.
William said, “The kids were fantastic and asked so many amazing questions”. After their presentation Mrs Regina Stoltenberg, Principal at Jerrys Plains Public School was on hand to receive a thank you gift from the boys (a cuddly toy orangutan) which we understand is going to be the school mascot.
In presenting the school with their new mascot Mrs Stoltenberg said, “Thanks again for your generosity in providing our kids with this opportunity”.
Food manufacturers are still allowed to label palm oil as “vegetable oil” on their labels. This means YOU won’t realise you could be consuming food containing palm oil (labelled as vegetable oil) which is contributing to the deaths of over 1,000 orangutans a year as their habitat, and that of Sumatran Elephants and Tigers is destroyed through unsustainable palm oil production.
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Daniel and William were kindly invited, and were honoured, to speak at the Bob Irwin Tribute night held at Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday evening. The night was organised by Amanda French, in collaboration with Judy Irwin (Bob’s wife), as well as members of the Bob Irwin Conservation Foundation, as a surprise evening that he thought was in honour of his son Steve Irwin.
It was an amazing evening of speeches and presentations by many people from Bob’s past. Included in the guest list were people from his original crocodile hunting team, Crocodile Hunter production team, Australia Zoo staff, close friends and family.
Daniel and William were asked to present their orangutan journey as an example of how the younger generation, inspired by Steve, are continuing Bob and Steve’s undying passion for conservation.
There were many stories shared on the night. There was a lot of laughter and a few tears, but mostly inspiration.
Another young Australian that spoke on the night was passionate 14 year old Jack Jenkins who has put together a YouTube Channel called Zoo To You which is filled with many incredible reptile and conservation facts and experiences that Jack brings to audiences all over the world.
Thank you Bob, you are the grandfather of conservation in all of our eyes. You continue to inspire us.
Daniel and William spoke to 125 year 8 students at Narrabeen Sports High School. After visiting the school last year the teachers were so impressed that the students were still engaged about conservation, deforestation and the orangutans that they asked the boys to visit the current year 8 students.
Melonie Farrugia with Daniel and William Clarke
The visit was organised by the Head Teacher for English and Languages, Melonie Farrugia, “The teachers used the boys talk as a source of inspiration for creative writing with the students in English while also understanding the plight of the orangutans”.
The students were inspired to know that they themselves could start a small project and know that they were making a difference in the world by following their passion.
The students questions went well over time (even after the bell went).
Thanks Narrabeen Sports High School for having us !
The students have been learning about orangutans and deforestation over the past few weeks and were very excited to let Dan and Will know they were having a big fund raiser at school to raise money for the orangutans. “Everything is going to be orange for the day !”, said Melissa Fardella, one of the Year 2 teachers.
The kids in the Year 2 class did an AMAZING job at making the inside of their classroom resemble the forest canopy with green sheets and netting as well as leaves and branches filled with orangutan facts and posters that the students had made.
Daniel and William also spoke about a new website called ‘Global Forest Watch‘, launched by the Jane Goodall Institute, that monitors and tracks global deforestation and forest growth, in real time, so you can monitor all forests around the world and is a brilliant teaching tool for anyone interested in conservation.
The students all knew a lot about palm oil and even presented the boys with a thank you gift containing palm oil free biscuits and chocolates.
Good luck with your fund raiser this Friday !
Daniel and William with the Year 2 Teachers in front of the Global Forest Watch website
Daniel and William were interviewed on The Daily Edition Home Page today on their quest to save the orangutan. If you would like to help Daniel and William on their quest to save the orangutan please click on the Adopt an Orangutan Here and you will go through to The Orangutan Project’s Adoption Program.
If you missed seeing Daniel and William on The Daily Edition today you can see it here.
William and Daniel had the opportunity to visit Heron Island, a wildlife sanctuary 90 kilometres (56 miles) off the coast of Queensland Australia. It is one of the southern most islands of the Great Barrier Reef and, at 11 kilometres long (7 miles) and offers the most incredible opportunity to experience the wilds of the ocean up close.
The students at Ironbark Ridge Public School swung in with support for the orangutans by inviting Daniel and William Clarke to speak about their quest and the changes that have been made in Borneo in the past two years.
Mrs Greens World is focussed at creating a community of people who care about our planet. You will hear cutting edge leaders from around the world sharing exciting information about energy, technology, healthy living and global sustainability.
Their interview will be aired live (streaming across the internet) at 5am Sunday 9th August (Sydney Australia time) or 12 noon Arizona time on Saturday 8th August.