“He is an inspirational young Australian”
Hon John Howard,
Australian Prime Minister
Although Daniel has Athetoid Cerebral Palsy his story is unlike most children with a disability. Through the work he has done saving the orangutan and achieving his own personal goals, he has become an inspiration to many thousands of Australians.
Daniel doesn’t see his disability as a barrier to achieve his dreams, he also doesn’t wait for things to happen – with the help of his family he makes it happen.
Although he is just 15 years old Daniel has set himself goals and has worked hard to achieve them through his own determination and the support of his parents, his brother and his friends.
His achievements so far are;
- National Children’s Ambassador for the Australian Orangutan Project for which he has raised over $600,000 to save the orangutan of Borneo and Sumatra.
- Created a promotional video that was used to inspire children through Australian schools on how “It only takes one person to make a difference”.
- Has met many famous Australians during his quest to support the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and his quest to save the orangutan.
- Through the assistance of Animal Media Australia, Daniel & his family travelled to Tanjung Putting National Park, Kalimantan, Borneo to see orangutans in the wild.
- Now, with his brother William, they have written a book on their journey as kids trekking through the jungles of Borneo (His family are looking for people to sponsor him on this)
- With his brother William, they have spoken about Orangutan conservation and preservation at several Primary Schools.
- Daniel was presented with a plaque from the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) by their Regional Director, for his conservation efforts in raising awareness of the plight of the orangutan.
- Daniel was presented with an International Service Award and citation from the Belrose Rotary Club for his efforts in saving the orangutan.
- The Australian Prime Minister, Hon. John Howard visited Daniel at his home in Terrey Hills to pledge an additional $200k to the Australian Orangutan Project to save the Orangutans.
- Silver medal in the 2007 Australian Quarter Horse National Championships(Disabled Riders section)
- Elected prefect by his peers at Primary School
- Media face of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in their ‘Think therefore I am” campaign.
Daniel now has his sites set on three main goals;
- Road Cycling at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (Tricycle) – (He is also seeking a sponsors for this too, and you would have to say, with his track record of success and achievement you could never be more sure of a bet!!)
- Achieving the Duke of Edinburgh Award through his school at Northern Beaches Christian School.
- Going to University to become a Conservationist with a Science background having helped save the orangutan from extinction.
With the assistance of his parents Rodney & Penny Clarke, the support of his brother, and the many friends Daniel has made over the years, Daniel is determined to show, “It only takes one person to make a difference”…
IF YOU CAN HELP DANIEL TO ACHIEVE HIS DREAMS PLEASE CONTACT US NOW – thank you !