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.
They started talking to Ed about their quest to save the orangutan and, as they have never had a drawing done of them before they decided that now is a good time. By the time Ed was finished it wasn’t surprising that a little orange ‘Buddy‘ had crept in to steal the limelight !!
What an AMAZING talent you have Ed! Thank you so much for capturing us so well ! Thanks
Two friendly locals from Luna Park wanted to get into the ‘Orangutan Spirit’ after watching Daniel and William have their caricature drawn.
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
This week Daniel and William received a call from Gary Parker advising they were up in Sydney for a Lions Club function so the boys took the opportunity to catch up with them in the city between meetings and official functions.
Daniel and William wanted to say a big thanks to Lions Clubs around Australia for supporting their amazing quest to save the orangutan and in particular Gary Parker and Alan McDonald for the support they have provided towards the boys inspirational quest.
If you would like to know more of the boys quest you can see the ABC Australian Story episode here.
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.
The students held a gold coin donation and raised $135 for The Orangutan Project’s Safeguard Program which is focused at saving the orangutan habitat in Borneo and Sumatra. They also purchased books and merchandise to assist Daniel and William in their quest.
Ms Julie Holland, HSIE Teacher, has been talking with Daniel and William for two years seeking to organise a suitable time for the boys to come and present their quest to the school so when the boys arrived today the students knew all about them and listened intently to their story.
After the presentation Daniel mentioned how impressed he was at how many students stayed through their lunch time to talk to him about the orangutans, while Will spent the same time signing books, bags and posters for all of the students. ”It was such a buzz!”, said Daniel.
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Gorokan High School has really embraced Daniel and William’s best selling book, “Tears in the Jungle” as it has been a favourite amongst students, educators and parents around Australia. The boys have presented their quest to 40 schools and over 19,500 students Australia Wide.
Daniel and William were surprised to receive an AMAZING poster drawn by Maddy & Jenny from Class 8P… what an incredible talent ! ”Maddy and Jenny have done an amazing job at drawing the orangutan as we understand they are VERY difficult to draw”, said William.
Thanks Gorokan High School for such a fantastic day – let’s hope we can all make a difference !
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.
Daniel and William with winner Daniel Bennett
Daniel and William donated a signed copy of their book ‘Tears In The Jungle’ for auction and were pleased when the first one sold for $150 to Daniel Bennett (pictured)
Daniel and William with Victoria Parkinson
the second copy of their book selling for $210 to Sydney lawyer, Victoria Parkinson for which we thank you both very much for support the cause !!
It was a great night with $4,200 raised for the orangutans on the evening !! Well done to Gail Browning for her amazing coordination efforts !
William accompanied his dad on a trip to the local Officeworks shop in Mona Vale on Sunday. They parked their car (kindly supplied by Kia Motors Australia) outside the store and were pleased to find the attached note on their windscreen when they returned.
”Thank You” to the person who took the time to say hello. It was great to read that the boys message had an impact on your household and we were thrilled that you took the time to write us a message !!
Click on the note (image) to read the message.
Daniel and William spoke to 250 students at Loquat Valley Anglican School today as part of their Orangutan Awareness School Talks Program. Students ranging from Kindy through to Year 6 were speechless while the boys spoke of their quest to save the orangutan and to encourage other children to find and follow their own passion. Continue reading
Inspired by the efforts of Daniel and William and their quest to save the orangutan, 14 year old Bronte Flanagan Coast went ‘bananas’ raising funds !! Continue reading
As winners of the 2012 Pride of Australia State, National Environment Award and the People’s Choice award for 2012, Daniel and William were invited to attend the 2013 NSW Pride of Australia Award ceremony today at the Museum of Contemporary Arts. Continue reading
Daniel and William’s recent certificate of funds raised through The Orangutan Project’s Safeguard Program
Daniel and William have now protected over 78,400 acres of orangutan habitat through the sales of their book and donations received from presenting to schools and community groups around Australia.
With 34 schools and over 18,000 students presented, the boys have encouraged donations and fund raising to tally 78,457 acres of land protected through The Orangutan Project’s Safeguard Program.
If you would like to donate directly to The Orangutan Project’s Safeguard Program please CLICK HERE !