Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Australian boy's quest to save Borneo orangutangs

AT the tender age of 10, Daniel Clarke achieved what professional lobbyists many years his senior havdn’t been able to.

In 2007 Daniel secured $500,000 dollars in Federal government funding to help protect the habitats of orangutangs in Borneo.

Now 15, Daniel who has cerebral palsy, was the subject of last night’s Australian Story on ABC TV.

It was a moving story on a how a young boy’s wish to save the orangutans of Borneo is making a difference.

He has recently co-authoured the book Tears in the Jungle with his younger brother William, 13 about their journey.

The brothers are now touring with the book, speaking at libraries, schools and business functions.

They are in the Hills this week.

"At the end of our presentation, I have a saying; we can all make a difference," he said.

The 15-year-old secured the funds in 2007 after meeting John Howard at a Wallabies rugby match.

So impressed by Daniel’s quest was the then Prime Minister, he organised for the government to commit $500,000 over four years to help protect orangutan habitat.

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