IPPY Awards

International Recognition for Young Authors

Daniel and William are thrilled to have been recognised internationally for their second book, Fight for Survival, at the IPPY Awards.

After receiving an email 4 weeks ago advising they had won the gold medal, last week Daniel and William travelled to New York, USA to receive their gold medal for their latest book, Fight for Survival.

IPPY Awards

The International IPPY Awards in New York is in its 23rd year and considered as the Oscars of the Independent Book Publishing world attracting entrants from across the globe.

ippy awardsThis year there was over 4,000 entrants across 85 categories from places such as Australia, Canada, USA, UK, France, New Zealand, Germany, Switzerland as well as many more.

The boys won the Gold Medal in the Animals and Pets section and were thrilled when their names were called out to be presented with their medal. Beaming from ear to ear the boys said it was a thrill to be recognised at such a prestigious event for the work they have been doing to save the critically endangered orangutans.

We met with so many wonderful authors on the night who shared their books with us, as well as their own stories in getting their books published as independent authors.

ippy awards

William and Daniel Clarke, winners of the Pets and Animals Section, with the Silver and Bronze medallists

Book Expo

Book Expo following the IPPY AwardsOver the following three days the boys attended the “Book Expo” held at the Javits International Convention Centre, in New York, where they met with authors, publishers and promotional organisations based in America.

“We met with several people who were interested to help our quest and spread the message about the orangutans into the north American market. We will have to see where that may lead”, Daniel said.

Daniel and William at Book Expo following Ippy Award

The boys are excited to be able to spread the message about the plight of the orangutans to a greater audience across the other side of the world and to start conversations about how we can all help save our environments for the future.

The more people we can talk with, the greater chance we have to save the orangutans from extinction.  Our message is of Hope, that we can work together, within our environment, for our future generations to enjoy, explore and continue to preserve.“,

William Clarke.


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Jane Goodall Visit

Daniel and William with Jane GoodallDaniel and William were invited to attend Taronga Zoo’s new institute of Science and Learning centre in an afternoon with Dr Jane Goodall.

The event was a gathering of dedicated conservationists and YATZ who had the chance to listen to Dr Goodall on her “Rewind The Future” Tour around Australia.  This wonderful speaking engagement allowed her followers to ask many questions on her life’s work and how we can work together to save our environment for the future.

Macquarie University & Dr Jane Goodall

On May 7th, Daniel and William were also invited to speak at Macquarie University’s Compassionate Leadership and Effective Advocacy Conference hosted by the Centre Environmental Law as well as Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program in Australia.

Daniel and william with jane goodall

Dr Jane Goodall, William Clarke, Daniel Clarke and Macquarie University’s Zara Bending.

The boys spoke passionately to the teacher delegates from schools from around Sydney, sharing their journey and quest to save the critically endangered orangutan in Borneo and Sumatra and offering inspiration and support to our next generation to be empowered to make change for the protection of our environment.

The day was a great success culminating at the end with the boys meeting up again with Jane who expressed her gratitude in the work that the boys are achieving in their quest to save the orangutan.

Jane Goodall is passionate about empowering future leaders with her call to action…

“Yes we can! Yes we will!”

Jane’s message is one of hope, unity and inspiration, that together we will secure a shared future for wildlife and people.

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Guildford Public School

Guildford Public School logo The students at Guildford Public School used Daniel and William’s talk today as inspiration to commence their own investigation/projects utilising the Tears in the Jungle – Stage 2 sustainability conceptual unit by the Department of Education.

The students had some amazing questions for the boys (and we have included some answers here);

  1. Why are orangutans orange?
  2. Why are orangutans endangered more than other apes?
    1. Daniel advised that all of the great apes are endangered and in fact the chimpanzees and gorillas are in a worse situation than the orangutan.
  3. Why do Sumatran Orangutans have longer hair than the Bornean Orangutans?
  4. How much food do orangutans eat per day?
    1. Orangutans eat up to 25 different types of food each day with males eating around 7 items daily and females consuming 9 items ranging from durian fruit to tiny figs.
  5. How can you adopt an orangutan?
    1. The boys spoke to the students about the The Orangutan Project’s website where they can adopt an orangutan for their class or even their own family.

Guildford Public SchoolThank you Guildford Public School for having us today – Good luck in your projects.

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Fight for Survival Awarded IPPY GOLD MEDAL

Ippy gold medal

The 2019 Independent Book Publishers Awards, held in New York, USA, has awarded a Gold Medal to Daniel and William’s second book, Fight for Survival.  The Independent Book Publishers Awards, known as the IPPY Awards, is the worlds largest independently published book awards.

Out of the 4,000 entries received from around the world their book, Fight for Survival was awarded the Gold Medal in the Animals and Pets section.

fight for survival - Ippy gold medal winning book

Notification of the Gold Medal win came via email and was initially received by their mother Penny Clarke.  “I couldn’t believe it. I was in shock.“, she said. “My husband kept saying to me, ‘What happened? you OK?’, and I just said, ‘They won, they won!’.”

It was fair to say we were all in shock with the exciting news“, Rodney Clarke said. “The IPPY Awards are like the Oscars of the self-publishing book world and to have this level of recognition for two young Australian authors is incredible“.


From the awards website, “The Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published books released each year“.

On the 28th May, 2019 there will be an award ceremony held in New York city for the IPPY Awards where the winners will be presented with medals and treated to a gala evening at the famous Copacabana Club near Times Square.

As Gold Medal winners, Daniel and William are eligible to be part of the New Title Showcase at the New York City Book Expo from 29th – 31st May, 2019.  This international book expo is the largest annual book show in the United States.

CBCA 2018 Notable

This latest award is the second award Daniel and William have received for their book, the first award being listed in the Children’s Book Council of Australia 2018 Notables list.

If you would like your own copy of this award winning book please check out our online shop here.

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Helping Hands at Hoxton Park

On Monday 4th March, Jayden O’Brien, Teacher at Hoxton Park Public School, invited Daniel and William to come and speak with the students about their quest to save the orangutan. The school also took the opportunity to show the boys what they are doing to help get the message out.

Hoxton Park students listening intently

The students have created podcasts to raise awareness of the plight of the orangutan as well as for all endangered species. The students were filled with questions about how Daniel and William got started to save the orangutans? what motivated them to do this? and choose the orangutans over other species?

The students were inspired by the boys visit with many of them staying back to talk with the boys after they had completed their presentation.

Thank you Hoxton Park for having us.

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EZEC Conference a Success

After the success of having educational modules developed using our books, we were invited to speak at the 2019 Environmental and Zoo Education Centres (EZEC) Conference this week at Miramare Gardens at Terrey Hills, NSW.

It was brilliant to meet so many like minded people who take animals and the overall environment so seriously and understand the bigger picture. We were asked to present to all of the principals and teachers that were present about our quest and then were invited to attend a more intense workshop where the educational modules were discussed in more detail.

Branimir Lazendic and Daniel and William Clarke at EZEC Conference
William, Daniel and Branimir Lazendic, Principal Penrith Lakes Environment Education Centre

It was inspiring to listen to Gaye Braiding, a well respected curriculum writer for the NSW Department of Education and author of these education modules, talk about the books and the modules and how they relate to each of the Key Learning Areas (KLA’s).

Thank you to Branimir Lazendic for inviting us along as it was a great opportunity to address the EZEC community and it was an amazing experience for us as well.

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Through Orangutan Eyes

This short story is simply brilliant… bringing awareness of orangutan habitat loss through illegal logging for palm oil plantations.

Through Orangutan Eyes

This video was put together by Iceland Foods, a UK based organisation who have removed palm oil from all of their own labelled products.  As consumers our choice of which product we choose matters – choose wisely.

Funds raised through our online store goes towards orangutan rescue, rehabilitation and conservation initiatives.  This Christmas choose wisely when giving a loved one a gift…  our store.

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Its in our hands – Singleton Heights

The students at Singleton Heights Public School (Hunter Valley, NSW) in years 2 to 4 had just completed a geography/science unit called, ‘It’s In Our Hands’.  This Project Based Learning (PBL) unit of work allows students to discover how our actions and decisions affect wildlife around the world.

Its in our hands

During their research on the topic they discovered Daniel and William’s quest to save the orangutans from extinction and, so inspired, they sought permission from their Principal to write their own email and organise for Daniel and William to come and present to their school.

On the day…

On the day of Daniel and Williams visit, and as soon as they arrived, the boys made a surprise visit to Mrs Janelle Cox’s class who had written the email.  The class were all extremely excited and thrilled to meet the boys before the whole school presentation.

Around 500 students packed the hall from years 1 through to year 6.  Everyone even joined in together singing the song, ‘Try Everything‘ which features in Daniel and William’s video.  The hall was a buzz with excitement, enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge.

The questions after the presentation came thick and fast.  As soon as one question had been answered there were 50 hands held straight up in the air to ask more questions.

Its in our hands

Questions ranged from, “What was your most memorable moment on your trip?“, “What was your funniest moment?“, to technical questions around how they put the video together.

The students were so engaged with the post presentation discussion the teachers had to step in to end question time so the students wouldn’t miss out on their lunch.  During the lunch break, and while William signed the students books, more and more students came back into the hall to ask even more questions from the boys.

During the lunch time break one student remarked that he had so much joy today meeting Dan and Will and that he wanted to tell all his family about the orangutans.  He said, “I learnt so much more from their presentation that I am going home to tell everybody!”.

Conservation Art

Also on the day, Years 3 and 4 held an Art Show in the school hall displaying their art work depicting how wildlife around the world still needs our help to survive.  The students took great pride in showing their work to Daniel and William after their presentation.

Its in our hands

It was a privilege to meet everyone at Singleton Heights Public School today.  Their enthusiasm and passion to want to know more about orangutans, their habitat and to help save them inspires us to keep going and strive even further to make a difference.  William Clarke

When leaving at the end of the day, Daniel was approached by one young student who was so moved by the boys plight that she said, “I wish I could be your sister“.

Thanks Singleton Heights for an incredible day.  Your whole school community has touched our hearts.  Daniel Clarke

We would love to come back again and visit your amazing school in the near future.


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Unique Orangutan Fundraiser

orangutan fundraiserStage 2 students (Years 3 and 4) at Eastwood Public School have been raising awareness of orangutans throughout the school by holding a couple of orangutan fundraisers this term.  An ‘Orange Fun-day Monday’ was very successful with students coming to school in mufti for a gold coin donation.

The Year 4 students came up with another unique orangutan fundraiser, “Orangutan Badges For Sale”.

Under the guidance of their teachers, Mrs Cuasay, Mr Griffiths, Miss Locke and Mr Leslie, the students created, the students created their own artwork picturing orangutans and held a competition to choose the best designs to be made into badges.  The designs were chosen and the badges were made (by the students).  Two extra designs were created by the teachers which became, “Special Edition” badges which sold for $2 each with all other badges selling for $1 each.

The unique fundraisers were so successful the students sold out of badges the morning of the fundraiser raising $1,200.  All the students and teachers were wearing their badges with immense pride.

Wow! What a fantastic idea !

Orangutan fundraiser

Throughout this term the students have been learning about the orangutans through Daniel and William’s books.  Using the books as a basis the students have become engaged in poetry and informative writing, creating PowerPoint presentations on deforestation and palm oil and, after holding their successful orangutan fundraisers, the students were keen to meet Daniel and William and present them with their own badges.

Orangutan fundraiser

Daniel and William were delighted to visit Eastwood Public School on Monday presenting to 500 students from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 including several parents.

William said, “The students had some really well thought out questions including, How heavy are the nests orangutans make? and the best question of the day was, If the orangutan is the smartest ape? why did they send the Chimpanzee into space?”.

Thanks Eastwood Public School for such a great afternoon and for your incredible effort to help save the orangutans.

“Always remember to TAP into your passion and encourage others to help you.  Let’s make a difference in our world together.”

Daniel and William

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Passion at St Patrick’s for orangutans

St Patrick's Primary School at BlacktownStage 3 students at St Patrick’s Primary School, Blacktown, organised a fund raiser at the school after studying Daniel and William’s books this term.  It was an ‘Orange Day’ where everyone wore something orange and gave a gold coin donation .  The students raised $775 with all money raised going to orangutan conservation and protection.  Their teacher, Mr Justin Browne, said how the students have become very passionate about the plight of the orangutans with the whole school becoming aware of the issues facing the orangutans and the students being very knowledgeable about the products containing palm oil.

St Patrick's Primary School at Blacktown

After learning about the orangutans this term the school asked the boys to visit and speak with the students about their journey to Borneo. After the presentation the students had many great questions for them.  Many questions were about Palm Oil such as, How long has palm oil been used? and discussing the many products that use palm oil from cooking oil to foods we eat and cleaning products we use every day. Other questions included,  what will happen if the orangutan goes extinct?   They also wanted to know all about the rehabilitation process of the orangutans and  how to adopt an orangutan 

Thanks to Mr Justin Browne and St Patrick’s Primary School.  It was a great day and thanks for all your hard work in fund raising for the orangutan.  We can all make a difference. Thanks for your passion St Patricks !

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