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.
Daniel and William were invited to speak at North Narrabeen Primary School on their “Green Day”. The theme for the day was, “Habitat” with around 100 students from years 5 & 6 (and their teachers) were enthralled with the boys talk and their passion to save the orangutan’s habitat.
Your support is CRITICAL, not just for the orangutans but for humanity. If we are unable to save a species which is on the brink of extinction and so close to our own DNA, what hope have we got for our children and generations to come?
Make a donation to The Orangutan Project Safeguard Program or hold an ‘ORANGE DAY’ at your work and donate the funds raised to your local orangutan charity.