Tears In The Jungle - Page 2 of 30 - Two brothers on a quest to save the orangutan of Borneo and Sumatra
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The 2021 Australian of the Year Awards was an action packed, whirlwind, 3 days with events held in our nations capital, Canberra. Daniel and William are incredibly honoured and humbled to be among so many amazing people.
All the national recipients have incredible and inspiring stories to share.
The first official event was meeting with all the other Young Australians of the Year. They were taken to the National Zoo and Aquarium where they were met by the keepers of the Zoo’s beautiful Cheetah. They were then escorted inside where they were able to view the white lions and the Jamala Wildlife Lodge where you can stay the night next to the lion enclosure.
The group was then whisked onto the bus for an afternoon tea with his Excellency the Governor General of Australia and his wife, Mrs Hurley at their residence, Government House.
Manager Study Tours, Michelle Cowell with Daniel and William
Education Queensland International (EQI) Study Tours is the largest study tour provider in Australia representing the Queensland Department of Education. It welcomes many international student on short-term study tour programs. With the impacts of COVID-19 these study tour programs have been replaced with virtual programs and Daniel and William were asked to be involved in this project this year as a topic of interest.
Daniel and William have been featured on Channel Ten’s The Sunday Project talking about their quest to save the orangutans and having been recently awarded the 2021 Queensland Young Australian of the Year.
Thank you to the team at The Project for helping us to raise more awareness for the orangutans. After seeing our story on your show so many people around Australia have now adopted an orangutan (through The Orangutan Project) and so many more have donated.
Thank you to all those amazing people who have donated and adopted. You really are helping to make a difference in saving the orangutan from extinction.
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We were contacted by Wiwin Papilaya, a school teacher in Borneo, Indonesia who we met during our trip in 2008, to talk with her students about our quest to save the orangutan as well as Australia in general. It was a really interesting discussion as we had to use a translator to speak Indonesian between us and the students. A number of students were able to speak English and ask their questions directly but our answers had to be translated to Indonesian for them to understand as English is their second language. Continue reading →