JACKIE DRIVES DAY FOR DANIEL
Students learn about stranger danger thanks to the Morcombes’ book
AS SOON as a Childers mum finished the last page of the Morcombes’ book, she immediately set about organising education for her daughter and friends.
While reading the book, Jackie Bainbridge said she asked her daughter about stranger danger and was shocked with her response.
Not only did her daughter, Charlotte, not know what to do, Mrs Bainbridge said she had not been educated on the topic at school either.
“I just thought, I’ve got to do something,” she said.
Mrs Bainbridge lived in Redcliffe during the time of the abduction and search for Daniel Morecombe and now owns and lives at the Federal Hotel.
“It was something that we watched the whole time. We watched the case progress,” Mrs Bainbridge said.
“Just seeing those parents – when you’ve got kids of your own – just the way that they were. I know that’s how I’d be with my daughter.”
Mrs Bainbridge said the safety of her daughter was always at the top of her mind.
“We own a pub and we live in the pub. Our daughter lives here with us so this is something that I’m very aware of and I think a lot of parents are,” she said.
As she finished the last page of the Morecombes’ book, Where is Daniel?, Mrs Bainbridge knew what she wanted to do.
The determined mum met with her daughter’s St Joseph’s school principal and organised a Day for Daniel to help educate her daughter and fellow students.
“I had a big list of everything and I took it to John and said ‘This is what I want to do’,” she said.
“I just think the kids need to know what to do, and the fact of what happened with little Chloe here too when she got taken, I think there was a lot of parents that were concerned or worried at the time.
“It’s just something that you think about. You just worry about your kids.”
The educational session will be held on the national Day for Daniel on October 31. The children will wear red shirts in honour of Daniel.
Ms Bainbridge said the education day would include a stranger danger video and talk from a Childers police officer.
“I just think they should be educated about what they should do and who they can go to for help if they’re ever in a situation where they don’t feel safe,” Mrs Bainbridge said.
ALL FOR DANIEL MORCOMBE: Jackie Bainbridge with her daughter Charlotte Bainbridge at St Joseph’s School. Jackie is organising for the school to participate in the national Day for Daniel