Friday 25 October 2019


Leading children's advocates call for a national framework on digital safety

Posted on 13 September 2018
National children's charities, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Bravehearts, UNICEF Australia, the Carly Ryan Foundation and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation are calling on Australian governments and industry and community organisations to develop and adopt a national framework on digital safety.

With bullying and cyber bullying high on the COAG Education Council's radar, the Alannah & Madeline Foundation's CEO, Lesley Podesta, said the time for a coordinated plan to ensure all Australian children and families receive education on online safety is now.
"In some ways, Australia is a global leader in promoting digital safety. While there has been considerable work done around online safety education, it is fragmented rather than comprehensive. It often focusses on only one or a small number of broader online safety issues, such as privacy, cyber bullying or online etiquette," Ms Podesta said.
Significant population groups are underserved by our current arrangements, particularly children and young people in remote and regional communities, she said.
Daniel Morcombe Foundation's CEO, Holly Brennan, said that all the organisations work around Australia to build online respect and safety.

"We work with families and young people who report on the very significant variations of existing online safety resources in different states and territories, and across different schools. With almost 90 per cent of teenagers using social media every day, this situation just isn't good enough in 2018," she said.
UNICEF Australia's CEO, Tony Stuart, said this commitment to our children's safety should be bipartisan.

"We believe that a national and consistent approach should be developed for online safety education for children and young people with input and buy in from industry, community organisations and government."

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse highlighted the need to invest in a national approach to online safety education, Hetty Johnston, Founder and Executive Chair of Bravehearts, said.

"This is not about ignoring the great efforts of many tech companies and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner.  It is about developing a coordinated plan. Our children have the right to grow up in a safe environment, to be confident and respectful online and to be equipped to keep themselves safe. Schools, community organisations, workplaces, libraries and the online industry all play vital roles but at the moment we don't have an agreed national plan too many of our children and young people are missing out."
A national coordinated action plan will ensure a unified message as well as addressing current gaps in relation to online safety education throughout Australia, said Sonya Ryan, CEO of the Carly Ryan Foundation.

"We are stronger together, this collaboration will benefit entire communities and I look forward to future discussions."

For more information, contact Deb Morris at the Alannah & Madeline Foundation on
0450 784 847 or at




Posted on 30 August 2018
Ordinary Queenslanders who have done extraordinary things to help keep our vulnerable and young people safe will be recognised at the Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) awards ceremony at Parliament House today.

QCPW Chair Anna Nolan said the event will be an opportunity for our State to say 'thank you' to these absolute champions of child protection for the great work they have done to prevent child abuse and promote the value of our children.

"From a committed front-line QPS Child Protection Investigator to a grandmother who generously volunteers to gently hold the hand of a frightened child during daunting Court processes, this year's eight QCPW award winners are all deserving of their accolades and for the focus they bring to at-risk children or victims of neglect or mistreatment," said Ms Nolan.

"The awards ceremony marks the launch of QCPW which runs from Sunday, 2 September until Saturday, 9 September. The week will be celebrated with a variety of festivities being held around the State that have been organised by rural and metro communities who applied for regional grants of $5,000 and up to $1,000 for activity grants.

"All of the events held around Queensland during Child Protection Week help shine a light on child protection and spread the important message that protecting children is everybody's business."

Child Protection Week was the brain child of the Management Committee of Protect All Children Today (PACT). The committee organised a coalition of agencies involved in child protection to stage the first annual Child Protection Week in Brisbane in 1986. Now in its 32nd year, Child Protection Week is a national event held during the first full week of September.

The QCPW Committee is made up of 27 organisations - all concerned with child protection issues, who work together to coordinate a community campaign. The week-long event is funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.

The Honourable Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Di Farmer said the aim of Child Protection Week is to focus attention on the issue of child abuse and ways it can be prevented as well as promoting child and family well-being.

"It is humbling to see so many people dedicated to protecting Queensland's most vulnerable children, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the work they do each and every day," she said.

"Child Safety really is everyone's responsibility, and together we can work towards making sure every Queensland child has the same hope and opportunity as the next."

[ENDS] Biographies of QCPW Award winners & media contact details follow.


Professional (Non-government) Award: Jo Bryant
Jo Bryant joined Protect All Children Today Inc. (PACT), in August 2004. As PACT's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jo is passionate about ensuring vulnerable children and young people victims of crime receive optimum support though the daunting criminal court process. Some of the numerous initiatives Jo has implemented have been the listing of child related court matters early in the day to accommodate a childs' limited attention span; the introduction of the Post Evidence Feedback Survey to gain direct feedback from children and young people in relation to giving evidence and their overall court experience; and changes in the way District Court Judges interact with children. Her child advocacy work is just amazing. She keeps her finger on the pulse and is always there for the staff and volunteers of PACT.

Professional (Government) Award: Detective Sergeant Anthony Joseph McNae
Anthony is currently in his 21st year of serving the Queensland Community as a QPS front-line Child Protection Investigator. Anthony remains highly motivated, focused and dedicated to the protection of children, an area of policing with extremely high demands and stressors. Anthony has implemented a number of valued projects which have engaged with children to make a sustained impact. Anthony was solely responsible for conceptualizing and implementing Project Pathways Leading you to a Safer Home. Anthony's research was at the cutting edge of the QPS recognizing the large percentages of innocent children involved in domestic and family violence relationships. Anthony is described as a man of impeccable integrity who values child protection and has been a stalwart for many many years.

Volunteer Award: Jan Brown
Jan Brown has been a Child Witness Support Volunteer with Protect All Children Today PACT) since June 2010 and a Volunteer Team Leader since 2013. In this role she supports vulnerable children and young people required to give evidence in daunting criminal court proceedings. Jan has personally supported over 385 child victims and witnesses plus their family members. Jan was elected to the PACT Board of Management in 2015 and has ensured the Board remain focussed on core business and take into consideration the needs of vulnerable children and young people and fellow Volunteers, when making strategic decisions. Jan sees her roles with PACT as an opportunity to play some small part in improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people. She goes above and beyond in her support of PACT.

Regional Program Award: School-based Early Intervention Panels - Angela Kerslake, Claire Oliver, Jamie Coburn, Francette Kerk and Kerri Chard
The development of the Early Intervention Panels was established through the project work of DET Student Protection Advisor, Kerri Chard in conjunction with the Principal Child Protection Practitioners. The purpose of the panel is to build strong collaborative partnerships in a local area, to enable early identification of worries for children and families and improve referral pathways into Family and Child Connect, Intensive Family Support and Family Wellbeing Services, ensuring that families get connected to the right services at the right time. In the Logan catchment alone, more than 95 families have been discussed and referred to services. As word of mouth is spreading about the success of the program many schools are approaching Kerri and Child Safety to have a panel implemented at their school. The program has resulted in really good engagement with families at the early intervention stage which has prevented the need for statutory intervention.

Education Initiative Award: Daniel Morcombe Foundation Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson
Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson was a live 20 minute online broadcast on this day and reached over 100 000 students. In Queensland, it is estimated that a minimum of 55 000 students watched the lesson at the time it was streamed. The lesson supported educators, parents and carers to continue talking about personal safety strategies with children in an ongoing way. The lesson covered key concepts of body ownership, early warning signs and identifying adults who can help if you feel unsafe. Feedback from participating schools indicates that the lesson was successful with over 90% saying they would participate again and it helped to support teachers to teach key child safety messages and communicate with parents/ carers. . Participating in the lesson enabled some children and young people to either recognise that they had experienced abuse or identify a safe person to tell. This was a wonderful way to shine a light on child protection from an education perspective.

Youth Participation Award: Alethea Beetson Digi Youth Arts
Alethea partnered with Churches of Christ Qld to work with a group of eleven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care, to produce and perform a play at the Powerhouse, using storytelling to describe their experiences of racism and being in care. This involved two cultural camps, many rehearsals and resulted in a three night performance. As part of the initial engagement, young people got to attend a "back of house" cultural tour at Queensland Museum to see cultural artefacts. The impact of the young people of telling their stories on stage was incredibly powerful. Her referee said "Alethea is incredibly passionate about young people connecting with their culture. I could not say enough words about how inspirational she is. She makes you want to be the best person you can be".

Media and Communications Award: Kay McGrath
Kay McGrath has been a voice for child protection for more than 34 years. As one of the original Child Protection Week Committee member Kay has worked to bring all child protection non-government organisations together. Working together successfully has created more momentum in child protection than each organisation could individually, driving awareness of child protection to improve outcomes for the safety and wellbeing of children. Throughout Child Protection Week Kay gives generously of her time, attending or performing as MC at numerous events for several organisations. Her attendance gives credibility and profile to these events, which in turn draws attention to the event, Child Protection Week and child abuse as an issue. Kay also draws on her varied and extensive journalism experience to provide advice to the non-government organisations she supports on how to successfully gain media coverage for themselves and the issue. Kay is consistently approachable, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and well respected by her peers. Her commitment and dedication to promoting child safety across Queensland should be commended.

Addressing Overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and young people in the child protection system Award: Joanne Borg
In her capacity as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Practice Leader for Child Safety (FNQ region), Joanne developed, led and implemented the 'Reconnection' project. The project identified that a high number of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and young people in alternative care, had been, or are at risk of being disconnected from their family, community and culture. The project was educational for all Child Safety staff, and reconnected a number of children back to their families, communities and culture. The project is now considered to be imbedded in practice across the Far North Queensland region, and will be ongoing until all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and young people in alternative care are connected to their culture in a meaningful manner. Jo has had more than 30 years working in the sector. She is a very smart, hard working person. Jo deserves a Nobel Prize for her hard work.

For more details on grant recipients or award winners, please email or telephone Danyelle Nolan on 0408 410 930.
To find a QCPW event near you, visit

Releasing personal safety booklet for Grandparent families

Posted on 21 August 2018
Releasing personal safety booklet for Grandparent families
To celebrate Seniors Week 2018 the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is launching a new resource for Grandparent Families on the Sunshine Coast.  When children and young people cannot live at home with their parents, Grandparents are the ones who often step in.  Grandparent carers are the largest group of kinship carers in Australia and their numbers are growing.

"Feeling safe and being safe is an activity booklet that has been developed specifically for Grandparent families." says Holly Brennan, CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. "It will help Grandparents have conversations about personal safety with their grandchildren. As new Grandparents themselves Bruce and Denise know how much keeping kids safe means to all Grandparents."

Media are invited to attend the launch at Lake Kawana Community Centre at 10.30am on Tuesday 21st August.

For children and young people who have been through trauma, neglect or abuse, their experiences of relationships and being safe may not have been positive.  Personal safety education helps to prevent child sexual abuse and supports the development of healthy relationships free from violence and harm.  Children who receive personal safety education are more likely to develop skills that will promote health and safety into adulthood.

Grandparents can use the booklet at home with their grandchild to teach topics such as:

Understanding what safety is

  • Relationships and trust
  • Identifying feelings
  • Naming the public and private parts of the body
  • How Recognise, React and Report unsafe situations

For more information Tracey McAsey 07 5442 3678 or

Link to resource


Day for Daniel Fun-Run

Posted on 28 June 2018
Day for Daniel Fun-Run
Daniel Morcombe Foundation has joined forces with School Fun-Run to create the Day for Daniel Fun-Run on Friday, October 26 with the united goal of increasing awareness of child safety within Australian schools and raising money for the cause.

Schools are invited to host their own Fun-Run on Day for Daniel, the national day of action to raise awareness of child safety. Day for Daniel was created by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and the community is asked to wear red, talk about child safety and raise funding for the cause.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was created in 2005 by Bruce and Denise Morcombe after their 13 year-old son Daniel was abducted from a Sunshine Coast bus stop in 2003.

Since creating the Foundation, Daniel's parents have worked tirelessly to provide Australian children with the education, protection and support to be safe from abuse and risk of harm. The Foundation aims to remember Daniel's legacy and assisting young victims of crime.

School Fun Run Program Director Brendan Hopp said the partnership will enable School Fun Run to direct funds to a worthy foundation in the Australian community.

"School Fun Run is proud to unite with such an important cause and to help a Foundation that is instrumental in protecting and educating our children about their personal safety.

"We are looking for schools to get on board as foundation members and raise much-needed funds to ensure the Daniel Morcombe Foundation can continue to make the nation a safer place for all children."

Recently, St Patrick's College raised almost $92,000 through their School Fun Run and chose to donate the funds towards charitable causes.

Founder of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Bruce Morcombe is hopeful the partnership with School Fun Run will instigate an influx in donations to fund the Foundation's future work in Australian schools and is encouraging Foundation schools to participate so this initiative can flourish.

"We are thrilled to partner with School Fun Run as yet another way of raising awareness and funds through the Day for Daniel Fun-Run on Day for Daniel," said Denise.

Australian schools are encouraged to call 1800 FUN RUN (386 786) to register their school. Schools will be provided sponsorship material to promote the event and to raise awareness of child safety messaging prior to the event day.

For more information on the Day for Daniel Fun-Run visit


Daniel Morcombe Foundation CEO Holly Brennan OAM is available for Media Interviews on Thursday 28th June at DMF HQ at 10.30am

For more information contact Tracey McAsey 0420 300 737, Email:

Daniel Morcombe Foundation CEO in WA

Posted on 23 May 2018
Daniel Morcombe Foundation CEO in WA
Holly Brennan OAM, CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is travelling to Perth and Freemantle from May 23rd to 25th. She will be speaking at the Positive Schools Conference taking place in Freemantle on May 24th and 25th about the role of all schools and parents and carers to play an engaged part in the prevention of abuse of children both online and offline.

Holly is an experienced and knowledgeable child safety expert who continues to grow the Foundation and expand on current programs and services across Australia  including;  Day for Daniel, Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson and the Foundations Keeping Kids Safe resources. At present just over 10% of schools across Western Australia participate in Day for Daniel. In 2017 over 1 million people participated across the nation in what is Australia's largest child safety awareness day.

Holly has 25 years' experience in child abuse prevention and respectful relationships education including working for Family Planning for 20 years.  Holly received her Medal of the Order of Australia in 2012 for service to the community through organisations promoting the welfare and rights of children.  She has also received numerous other child safety and protection awards.

"The Foundation is committed to helping all children and young to people be safe from abuse and harm. I really couldn't imagine wanting to work anywhere else." said Holly.


Holly is available for Media Interviews upon request.

For more information contact:

Tracey McAsey
07 5442 3678


A House for Daniel

Posted on 9 May 2018
A House for Daniel

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is finally getting a home.

Bruce and Denise along with The Hon. Di Farmer will turn the first sod at a Groundbreaking Ceremony in Palmwoods on Wednesday 9th May at 2pm.

The building when complete will be named Daniel House. It will be the Foundation's Administrative hub and will include the "Walk Tall" Program which offers free counselling services for survivors of crime.

Denise said, "Supporting young victims of crime through the "Walk Tall" counselling service is a cornerstone of work undertaken at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Daniel House will support this important program in a modern, child friendly facility. This will significantly benefit the community on the Sunshine Coast and more broadly this will make a measurable difference to children, young people and their families from Caboolture to Gympie."

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Daniel House will be the Foundation's National Office as it continues to deliver its' Keeping Kids Safe programs and resources and coordinates Australia's Largest National Day of Action on child safety awareness Day for Daniel.

"This new office space will make a significant contribution to protecting all children across Australia providing improved capability to produce new cutting edge resources in-house" explained Bruce.
The State Government provided $900,000 in funding to help complete the build. Local Businesses from the Sunshine Coast have also been very generous in contributing to the project making this very much a community project.
Bruce said "The generous donations from local businesses, in addition to, the government grant is quite unexpected and very moving for us personally. We thank you one and all!"

House for Daniel is a very important and exciting milestone but the Foundation has also just reached another important achievement. $1million has been spent by the Foundation on assisting Survivors of Crime. "We are proud to say that all of this money has come from donations made by Mums and Dads from across Australia" says Holly Brennan (CEO).

Media Opportunities

Tracey McAsey - 0420 300 737


Queen's Baton Relay an absolute privilege for Bruce and Denise Morcombe

Posted on 27 March 2018
Queen's Baton Relay an absolute privilege for Bruce and Denise Morcombe

Bruce and Denise were honoured to have been chosen to carry the Queen's baton on the final stages of its journey to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Denise was first to carry the Baton from Dingle street in Caloundra to The Esplanade where Bruce was waiting for her to make the handover.

Bruce then carried the Baton along the Happy Valley footpath to Minchinton Street.

"We are so proud to receive this honour to carry the Queen's Baton", said Bruce Morcombe at the event.

Denise stated, "I know I'm really carrying this baton for Daniel and my boys and of course for all the children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect. Bruce and I carry the Queen's Baton so that all Australians remember that we must always put Keeping Kids Safe in the spotlight. One child harmed is a child too many."

Many Daniel Morcombe Foundation supporters and Morcombe Family were in the crowd waving flags and cheering them along.

Bruce and Denise followed their relay honour with a celebratory morning tea thanking local supporters of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
More than 3,500 baton bearers will bring the baton across Australia to the opening ceremony on April 4 2018.

Denise Baton relay commences 10.27am
Bruce Baton relay commences 10.30am

Broadcast, Interviews, film and photo opportunities at The Sandbar Café, cnr Minchinton Street and The Esplanade.
By arrangement with: Tracey McAsey
Mobile 0420 300 737



Bruce and Denise Morcombe earn top honours at Australia Day Awards

Posted on 23 January 2018
Bruce and Denise Morcombe earn top honours at Australia Day Awards
Sunshine Coast Council Media Release

January 23, 2018

Bruce and Denise Morcombe earn top honours at Australia Day Awards

Dedicated and passionate child safety advocates, Bruce and Denise Morcombe were named the 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards Citizens of the Year at a special ceremony held today (January 23) at The Events Centre, Caloundra.

Bruce and Denise suffered every parent's worst nightmare in 2003 when they lost their son Daniel in devastating circumstances and have worked tirelessly since then to help prevent other families from ever having to endure what they went through.

As a legacy to Daniel and in honour of his memory, Bruce and Denise founded the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to assist educators and parents in the education of children about their personal safety, assist young victims of crime and empower people to make their local communities safer for children.
Mayor Mark Jamieson said this year's Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards had again highlighted the outstanding work of a number of community-focussed Sunshine Coast citizens and organisations.

"Bruce and Denise Morcombe were each nominated as individuals for this award, however the judges had a hard time separating them which resulted in a tie and acknowledgment for them both," Mayor Jamieson said.

"The work Bruce and Denise have done for our community, and many other communities across Queensland, has and will continue to help protect our youngest citizens from harm.

"Their dedication to promoting child safety is honourable and this award is one way we are able to show our appreciation for their work.

"Our nominees in the Australia Day Awards are a very special group of achievers and this is our chance to say thank you.

"Their stories and efforts are inspirational and highlight how fortunate we are to have so many everyday heroes walking amongst us.

"They fully deserve this public recognition for what they do to make our region a better place."

The 2018 Australia Day Award recipients were nominated by the community and selected by a panel of local leaders and experts, including the 2017 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year award recipient, Jak Hardy.

2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award winners

Bruce and Denise Morcombe Citizens of the Year Award, sponsored by 7 News Sunshine Coast
Bruce and Denise are co-founders of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. The Foundation was established to educate children regarding their personal safety (including abduction) and to assist victims of crime, particularly where crime involves children.

Bruce has presented on child safety to more than 500 schools across Queensland as a Queensland Child Safety Ambassador, created Day for Daniel, helped to develop the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum in collaboration with the QLD Department of Education, QLD Police Service and Department of Community Services and personally assisted families of missing persons and created the Walk Tall Program in collaboration with ACT for Kids.

Olivia Lindsay Young Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by USC
Olivia has demonstrated exceptional personal and academic achievements as well as significant community involvement.

She represented Australia at the London International Youth Science Forum, studied advanced physics at the Junior Physics Olympiad (2015) and was selected for the Young Scholars Program (2016).

Olivia volunteers her time to a project called The Olive Stories that aims to empower youth. She is a keen instrumentalist that volunteers her time to the Vivace String Ensemble.

She was named the Public Speaking winner at the Lions Youth of the Year quest.

Donald Moffatt Senior Citizen of the Year Award, sponsored by Maroochy RSL
Instrumental in shaping and forging a region, Donald's iconic leadership and community service has afforded him three life memberships with Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service (now RACQ LifeFlight), Tourism Sunshine Coast (now Visit Sunshine Coast) and the Sunshine Coast Turf Club. Eight years served as Chairman of Tourism Sunshine Coast where tourism increased fourfold.

He also chaired the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service for 21 years, helping to save more than 42,000 lives.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation Community Group or Organisation Award, sponsored by the Sunshine Coast Daily
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation was established by parents Bruce and Denise Morcombe in 2005 after the devastating loss of their son Daniel in December 2003.

The Foundation was established as a lasting legacy to Daniel and assists educators and parents in the education of children about their personal safety, assists young victims of crime and empowers all Australians to make their own local communities safer places for children.

Judy Pippen Creative Award, sponsored by TAFE Queensland
Judy has supported the artists and creative industries of the region through the development of the Old Ambulance Station, a significant cultural resource.

Under Judy's voluntary management and the efforts of its board, the organisation has moved from a tactical strategy of activating and animating the space, to a more considered strategic approach to medium and long term development.

Judy has managed the day-to-day operations of the facility and dedicated time as secretary of the board.

Judy continues to manage Work for the Dole volunteers, who are engaged both operationally and creatively.

Through Judy's expert fundraising skills the Old Ambo attracted more than $200,000 in funding for building and business development as well as creative project development and delivery.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Environment and Sustainability Award, sponsored by Living Smart Sunshine Coast
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors aims to involve people in the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife.

Through funding conservation projects, research collaboration and educating the wider community, Wildlife Warriors are working towards the protection of wildlife and wild places.

The largest project of Wildlife Warriors is the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital that treats, rehabilitates and releases sick, injured and displaced native wildlife. The hospital has treated more than 73,200 patients. The hospital team also conduct and support vital research.

Sunshine Coast Lightning Sport and Recreation Award, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Sports Federation
The club was built with, and for, the local community. To grow from a name and logo to national champion in a matter of months is testament to that community support.

Led by CEO, Danielle Smith CA and Head Coach, Noeline Taurua, the club has made a concerted effort to involve the community along the way.

The team has done an outstanding job of representing the Sunshine Coast in women's sport, and, in their first year of play, brought home the premiership.

They have encouraged young girls to aim for greatness, as well as making Sunshine Coasters proud of what we can achieve.

Image (L-R): Sunshine Coast Lightning CEO Danielle Smith CA, Olivia Lindsay, Bruce Morcombe, Daniel Morcombe Foundation CEO Holly Brennan OAM, Mayor Mark Jamieson, Denise Morcombe, Donald Moffatt, Judy Pippen, Wildlife Warriors Bill Ferguson
Media Contact:  Jacqui Azzopardi, Communication Officer
T: 5441 8446 M: 0418 227 219 E:

Lightning to make a difference off-court with chosen charities

Posted on 21 December 2017
Lightning to make a difference off-court with chosen charities
21 December 2017 

As part of its commitment to social responsibility to the Sunshine Coast community, Lightning is pleased to welcome three new Charity Partners to the Club for season two of Suncorp Super Netball.

Lightning will work alongside The Daniel Morcombe Foundation, headspace Maroochydore and White Ribbon in the hope of building the organisations' profiles even further on a national platform, assisting in fundraising endeavors and raising awareness around relevant social issues.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is committed to Keeping Kids Safe. The Foundation was established as a legacy to Daniel Morcombe who was abducted and murdered in December 2003 while waiting to catch a bus on the Sunshine Coast. Daniel's parents, Bruce and Denise, set-up the Foundation in 2005 and it now has two main aims; to educate children on how to stay safe in a physical and online environment and to support young victims of crime.

CEO, Ms Holly Brennan OAM said The Daniel Morcombe Foundation feels honoured to link with Lightning.

"The Sunshine Coast Club's commitment to children, young people and the community aligns with our mission to actively support all communities to be safe places for children to grow, play and thrive," Brennan said.

"Lightning demonstrates that hard work, being part of a team and always striving for the best even if you might be seen as the underdog goes a long way.

"We at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation understand and admire that spirit to be the best you can be and make a difference."

headspace Maroochydore is the national youth mental health foundation dedicated to improving the wellbeing of young Australians. headspace Maroochydore provides early intervention mental health services for 12 to 25-year-olds.

The organisation covers four core areas; mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.  

"We believe that good mentors play such an important role in the lives of young people in our community. A good mentor can lead by example and influence the views, ideals, and actions of a young person," Community and Youth Engagement Officer, Jacinta Hess said.

"headspace Maroochydore are grateful to have been chosen as one of Lightning's Charity Partners for 2018. We are looking forward to collaborating with the team to better the lives of young people on the Sunny Coast."

White Ribbon is part of a global movement to end men's violence against women. Through education, awareness raising, creative campaigns, preventative programs and partnerships, White Ribbon provides the tools for men to stop violence against women in their community and beyond.

"Using strong, elite sporting female role models from Lightning, White Ribbon Sunshine Coast aim to inspire change within both men and women around respect, equality and acceptance," said Brett Phillips.

"Men's violence against women occurs across Australia and across all cultural and ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, educational levels, occupations, socio-economic statuses and sexual orientations.

"Education and awareness-raising of family violence is the main focus for White Ribbon, with the 'Breaking the Silence' program for schools and community groups the priority in 2018.

For more information on White Ribbon, head here:

For more information on headspace Maroochydore, head here:

For more information on The Daniel Morcombe Foundation, head here:




Day for Daniel 2017

Posted on 27 October 2017
Day for Daniel 2017


Wear Red, Educate & Donate

Today the Daniel Morcombe Foundation challenges parents, carers and educators to start a conversation with 1,000,000 young Australians about their personal safety in the real and online world.

'Day for Daniel' is our National Day of Action on child safety and protection.

It is the largest child safety awareness day of its type in Australia. Pre registrations online are at record levels with final numbers expected to reach 2,800 schools and hundreds of businesses and events.

Denise Morcombe says, "Fourteen years on and Daniel's legacy is stronger than ever thanks to a record number of schools participating in our very special national child safety event-Day for Daniel."

Bruce Morcombe adds, "Daniel is not forgotten. Australia joins with us and hugs his memory to keep kids safe.

Day for Daniel participation has reached staggering levels of support thanks to a massive wave of emotion built on a belief that we can use his tragic story in a positive way to benefit youngsters nationwide.

CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Ms Holly Brennan explains "we couldn't be prouder of the support we receive from every day Australian's working together with us to help all children and young people be safe. Without the support of the community we could not do the work we do.

The donations we receive on Day for Daniel fund our #KeepingKidsSafe activities for an entire year.

We know Australia think we are a big organisation, but no, we are a small group of dedicated staff, we just have a large profile because of the hard work and dedication of our Founders, Bruce and Denise."

This year we have invited all Day for Daniel participants to join our online broadcast and make history by being part of Australia's biggest child safety lesson. Bruce and Denise Morcombe will share strategies for students in year 3 to 6 to help promote safety. How to Recognise, React and Report unsafe situations is included in the lesson.

The live broadcast is 9.15am-9.45am (QLD) AEST 10.15am-10.45am (NSW, VIC, ACT, TAS) AEDT on Friday 27 October. To check the broadcast time in your location or to watch the lesson later in the day visit our website.
We have 20 free child safety videos and activities to suit a diverse range of students from prep to senior levels.

Teachers have access to teacher guides to support classroom delivery and parent/carer resources are available to encourage discussions about personal safety at home.
The 13th Annual 'Day for Daniel' will be held on Friday 27th October 2017.

It is about educating children through child safety and protection initiatives and helping empower our children to 'Recognise, React and Report' if they feel something is not right.

Wear Red, Educate and Donate is the theme of "Day for Daniel" as we strive to enable schools, kindergartens, businesses and communities across Australia take action and conduct child safety activities in their communities to help Keep Kids Safe.

Parents, carers, educators can visit the Daniel Morcombe Foundation website for resources and information.

What: WALK FOR DANIEL Kick starts 'Day for Daniel'.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation's National Day of Action on Child Safety and Protection.
When: Friday 27 October
Time: Event commences 6.30am
Where: Start: Suncoast Christian College
Cnr Schubert & Kiel Mtn Rds, Woombye
Finish: Approx 8.30am at Briggs Park in Palmwoods
Walk Length: 4km

Broadcast, interviews, film and photo opportunities at start, during and finish.
By arrangement with:
Tracey McAsey
Mobile 0420 300 737

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