Ball raises $10,000 for Daniel
THE Daniel Morcombe Foundation will receive $10,000 to boost its child safety campaign, thanks to the efforts of local police.
The cash was raised at a charity ball hosted by Fraser Coast police at the Bayswater Hotel in Urangan on Saturday night.
The thin blue line was momentarily transformed into a sea of red and black, with officers ditching their uniforms in favour of formal wear for the evening.
Enjoying a night of fine dining, drinks and entertainment, while also raising money for a worthy cause, proved too tempting for many local officers, who turned out in force to attend the event.
The success of the Fire and Ice-themed ball, which attracted almost 200 people, has inspired police to turn it into an annual affair.
"It was really good considering we arranged it in such a short timeframe," Detective Senior Sergeant Nikki Colfs said.
"Everyone had a great night and there were lots of people supporting the cause by wearing red dresses."
The charity ball was attended by District Police Superintendent Mark Stiles, as well as Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell and local MPs.
It was held in conjunction with Child Protection Week, which was why the Daniel Morcombe Foundation was elected as the charity of choice.
"We wanted to organise a police charity ball to build partnerships with the community, businesses and police," Snr Sgt Colfs said.
"We thought it would be a good way to socialise and to raise money at the same time.
"Next year we will spend more time planning it and see if we can make it bigger and better."
The parents of abducted Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe, Bruce and Denise, will be presented with a $10,000 cheque when they visit the Fraser Coast later this month to take part in the Walk for Daniel.