Deck out in red for Day for Daniel
DENISE Morcombe and St Mary’s College teacher Kaye Mason are inviting Fraser Coast schools and businesses to join this year’s Day for Daniel and wear red on Friday, October 29.
Now in its sixth year, Day for Daniel continues to grow nationally and is recognised as Australia’s largest participation event of its type.
Ms Morcombe and husband Bruce set up the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in 2005 following the tragic abduction and suspected murder of their 13-year-old son Daniel on December 7, 2003. He was abducted while waiting for a bus under the Kiel Mountain overpass near the Palmwoods exit off the Nambour Connection Road. He was going to Sunshine Plaza for a haircut and to buy Christmas presents.
Ms Morcombe was in Maryborough this week visiting friends when she delivered Day for Daniel merchandise to St Mary’s College where Kaye Mason – who was teaching Daniel at Siena College at the time he was abducted – is organising this year’s fundraising event.
“Day for Daniel isn’t a memorial day or day for being sad,” Ms Mason said.
“It’s about safety awareness and celebrating the fact we can still think about Daniel and the caring, giving and effort that’s been generated.
“Last year we had about 700 schools around Australia participating.
“A safety awareness DVD, that also covers cyber bullying, was launched two weeks ago. If schools register with us we’ll send merchandise and the free DVD as well so that kids could watch it on the day or during the week.”
A coronial inquest into Daniel’s abduction and suspected murder will start at Maroochydore on October 11.
“Bruce has read 7500 pages of evidence,” Ms Morcombe said. “I’ve read some but couldn’t finish. We’re just focusing on Day for Daniel and hope schools and businesses get involved.”
Daniel would have celebrated his 21st birthday in December.
“His twin Bradley is a grown man now and his other brother Dean is 23 years old.”
To register for Day for Daniel, log on to www.danielmorcombe.com.au or phone 0434 326 435.