Dance for Daniel a good move

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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

DANCE ON: Denise Mor­combe with Con­sta­ble Pete Jarvie.

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