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Pride and PASSION When 10-year-old Daniel Clarke was granted a wish by the Starlight Foundation his request surprised the charity organisation. Rather than asking for a trip to Disneyland, a computer or an audience with a pop star. Daniel - who has cerebral palsy - wanted to "save the orang-utan". Six years later, Daniel, now 16, and his younger brother William,14, (pictured below in Borneo), have raised a staggering $650,000 to save the jungle habitat of the great ape in Borneo and Sumatra, and hope to raise another $350,000 to reach the magic million. Such selfless motivation and steely determination - as demonstrated by Daniel and William who are nominated for a national Pride of Australia Medal - never fail to impress Network Ten newsreader Sandra Sully and it goes a long way to why she's embraced the Pride of Australia initiative with such passion. "Most of the people involved with Pride encompass a depth and breadth of spirit that is difficult to describe," says Sully, who has attended all but one of the NSW state ceremonies since its inception in 2005. "They are inspiring and awesome ... and their stories need to be told." Next Saturday the finalist's extraordinary stories will be shared with the nation when Sully hosts the broadcast of the national ceremony. Founded by News Limited (publisher of the TV Guide), Pride of Australia aims to focus on people who do extraordinary things throughout our communities. Nominees this year include fire fighters, teachers, nurses and

volunteers: environmentalists, doctors, coaches and community workers. These are the people who go above and beyond on a daily basis - or in some cases, in a single, defining moment - and remind us that each and every one of us can make a difference. At the ceremony, 10 Pride of Australia Medals will be handed out across the categories of Outstanding Bravery. Courage, Inspiration, Heroism, Child of Courage, Environment, Care & Compassion, Community Spirit, Young Leader and Fair Go - as seven finalists in each category vie for the honour of national medallist. From 70 finalists one will also receive the People's Choice Award, sponsored by Toyota Camry and voted for by the public. They will receive $10,000, and a further $10,000 towards their cause or favourite charity. Among the outstanding finalists are Ryan Miller who rescued a woman who fell onto train tracks as an oncoming train approached; Enza Maselli who has worked tirelessly for 30 years with students with disabilities; George Formba who escaped an oppressive Liberian regime and now helps immigrants overcome the challenges of settling in a new country; and John Lee who set up the You Have a Friend charity to feed and clothe the homeless. And then there's Daniel and William Clarke, who in between laughing with Sully at the photo shoot, right, explained what drives them to raise money and awareness of the orang-utan's plight. _ .

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"I saw Steve Irwin and his documentary on orang-utans in 2006," says Daniel, seated in a new wheelchair he helped design. "I was so inspired by him that when he died I felt I needed to do something." After lobbying politicians (a letter of support they received from US President Barack Obama earlier this year remains a "highlight") and visiting an orang-utan refuge in Borneo, the boys produced the book, Tears In The Jungle, and have now set their sights on future projects. "Our long-term goal is to buy back the jungle so that the orang-utan can survive

and afterwards we hope to go to Africa to do another book ... on chimpanzees, gorillas and bonobos," says Daniel. "We need to be raising awareness about all the great apes," adds William, "But our priority at the moment is the orang-utans." "There are so many unsung heroes in our communities," Sully says. "They are not chasing recognition, but they certainly deserve it. The ceremony allows people to be moved and inspired The audience will be humbled by their fellow Australians and be reminded to get out of themselves and to stop sweating the small stuff."

-John Barker Read about the finalists at www.prideofaustralia.com.au Support Daniel and William at www.tearsinthejungle.com

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