Dance for Daniel a good move
THE parents of murdered teen Daniel Morcombe called in to Townsville yesterday to promote their Dance for Daniel, which raises funding and awareness for child safety.
Since their son was abducted near a Sunshine Coast bus stop on December 7, 2003, Denise and Bruce Morcombe are still fiercely dedicated to keeping children safe.
Mrs Morcombe said 14 years on, the pain of losing Daniel was still with her but if their safety message saved other children, it was worth it.
“It has been a long time since it happened and that is why it is so important to still have that message out there,” Mrs Morcombe said. “It is pretty rare to have an abduction like what happened to Daniel but as we know, it can happen.
“We tell kids to recognise their body signals when something isn’t right, like butterflies in the tummy or they may feel sick, or their hair stands up.
“They have to be able to react, and to run away if they feel unsafe but most importantly they should report something if they don’t feel safe.”
Mrs Morcombe said children should have at least five adults inside and outside the family they can talk to as well as Kids Hotline and triple- 0.
The Morcombes are calling for Townsville residents to buy tickets to the 5th Dance for Daniel at The Ville Resort- Casino on October 7, which raises money for the Morcombe Foundation and supports child victims of serious crime.
Tickets cost $ 150 or $ 1500 for a table of 10. For details and to book call 0404 228 819 or visit danielmorcombe. com. au