THE QUEENSLAND Government has made a substantial donation to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, with today marking the 10th anniversary of Day for Daniel.
Daniel’s parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, today welcomed the $30,000 donation to the charity to which they have dedicated themselves for the past decade.
“In particular, we thank Premier Newman and his senior ministers for continuing to work with us and the committee members to ensure Queensland is the safest place in Australia to raise a family,” Mrs Morcombe said.
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Premier Newman presented the donation at today’s Walk for Daniel on the Sunshine Coast – the opening event of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s annual Day for Daniel.
Mr Newman said the Daniel Morcombe Foundation had worked closely with his government to develop a child safety curriculum, which is now being taught in Queensland schools.
“Because of Bruce and Denise Morcombe and the team behind the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, our kids now know what to do if they’re approached or threatened, they know what to say, who to turn to and how to raise the alarm,” Mr Newman said.
“Our government is proud to invest in a program that is clearly making communities safer.
“Our investment in front line policing and leading technology, coupled with stronger laws and child protection services, have seen the most significant improvements in community safety in years.”
The foundation’s annual day of action is now the largest child safety awareness day in Australia.
Mr Morcombe said the Queensland Government’s donation would help continue the foundation’s education programs in schools.
“We thank the Newman Government for their ongoing guidance, support and assistance in partnership projects with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation like the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum and the Day for Daniel,” he said.
In addition to the donation, the Queensland Government has agreed to fund the postage cost of sending the new Keeping Kids Safe Educational Resource packs to all Queensland state schools.
Everyone is being urged to wear red today to mark the special day.