Students keen to support Daniel
ST MARY’S College students in Maryborough were doing it for Daniel yesterday.
Wearing red t-shirts and ribbons, they were keen to spread the child safety message in the hope Fraser Coast families would never have to experience the suffering caused by the suspected abduction and suspected murder of Daniel Morcombe.
Daniel, 13, was abducted on December 7, 2003, 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.
Since that tragic day, his parents, Denise and Bruce, have led a high-profile campaign to find out what happened. A coronial inquest, which began in Maroochydore on October 11, was adjourned last week and is expected to continue on Monday.
St Mary’s College teacher Kaye Mason – who was teaching Daniel at Siena College at the time he was abducted – is the driving force behind the school’s participation in the annual Day for Daniel, which raises funds for the promotion of child safety.
“Day for Daniel isn’t a memorial day or a 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.”
Mrs Morcombe recently visited Maryborough to personally deliver merchandise for the day.
The official Day for Daniel is next Friday, October 29, but St Mary’s College kicked off its week-long fundraising and awareness campaign yesterday.
All Fraser Coast residents are urged to wear red and support the campaign.
Now in its sixth year, Day for Daniel continues to grow.