Sydney Brothers Daniel and William Clarke nominated for National Pride of Australia Medal

Daniel and William are up for a second award for their incredible efforts and need your votes!

Online PR News – 24-September-2012 – Sydney/NSW – Having recently been awarded the NSW Pride of Australia Medal (Environment) for their incredible efforts in raising awareness of the plight of Critically Endangered Orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra, Daniel and William Clarke have now been nominated for the National Pride of Australia Medal.

The inspiring brothers, Daniel (16) and William (14), have been on a quest to save the orangutans of Borneo and Sumatra for over five years, despite Daniel having cerebral palsy and being mostly confined to a wheelchair.

The Pride of Australia Award Ceremony will take place on Saturday 27 October 2012, with the ‘People’s Choice Award’ category being voted for by the people of Australia. The winners of this award will be able to nominate $10,000 to a charity of their choice.

Daniel and William have nominated The Orangutan Project’s Safeguard Program as their recipient of the $10,000 if they win the award. This donation will help protect 33,000 acres of rainforest, as well as helping to safeguard the critically endangered habitat of the orangutan species, which is facing extinction due to rapidly expanding palm oil plantations.

The courageous brothers have already raised $650,000 for the endangered orangutans, and have gained worldwide media attention for their inspiring efforts.
The boys’ achievements include:
• Travelling to Borneo to witness the Orangutans in their natural habitat and learning more about how to help the endangered creatures.
• Self-published their own book ‘Tears in the Jungle’ to educate children around Australia on the issues facing the orangutans (, with proceeds going towards saving the orangutan species.
• Recognised by US President Barack Obama for their conservation efforts
• Featured on ABC’s Australian Story on 12 March 2012.
• Presented to over 10,000 school students about their trip to Borneo and the importance of saving orangutans.

Daniel and William are calling on help from the public before voting closes on 8th October 2012. All votes count - please help the boys achieve their lifelong dream!

Click the link below to VOTE for Daniel and William Clarke in the National Pride of Australia Award 2012 at

Tears In The Jungle: A Children’s Adventure to Save The Orangutan, is self-published and can be purchased through Money raised from the sale of the book is donated by Daniel and William to orangutan rescue, rehabilitation and release programs as well as habitat protection initiatives. To date, Daniel and William have protected over 12,300 acres of jungle through The Orangutan Project.

For more information, high resolution images, or to arrange an interview with Daniel or William, contact:
Kate Richards | Affinity Marketing
0404 892 782 |

Penny Clarke
0410 644 376 |

“As our world grows increasingly interdependent, I look forward to working together to the benefit of our two nations, and to strengthening the bonds between our people”
President of the United States of America, Barack Obama

“He is an inspirational young Australian”
The Hon. John Howard, then Prime Minister of Australia.

“Their spirit of adventure and determination to help others is a wonderful example to all of us”
Dick Smith, Australian Explorer and Entrepreneur says in his Foreword in the book.

"It takes lots of young people like Daniel to get out there and help protect our fragile planet. Respect."
Bear Grylls, Host / Presenter, Man Vs. Wild