Friday 25 October 2019

 

CHILDREN RUN FOR DANIEL TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILD SAFETY

Posted on 30 April 2019
CHILDREN RUN FOR DANIEL TO RAISE AWARENESS OF CHILD SAFETY
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation and School Fun-Run will Launch Day for Daniel Fun Run 2019 on Tuesday 30th April at Tamborine Mountain College.


Last year Tamborine Mountain College raised $17,368 at their Day for Daniel Fun Run. Bruce and Denise are visiting the College to personally thank them for their contribution and to deliver a child safety presentation.


Mark Stevens, Head of Primary at Tamborine Mountain College, said "Tamborine Mountain College was overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts of our students last year and the support from our families. Our little primary school not only raised a substantial amount of money for this inspiration charity, we used the event to further focus out students' awareness on their own safety and strategies to use if they ever feel unsafe. We are proud to host the launch of the 2019 Day for Daniel Fun Run."


Overall 10,000 students in 36 schools across Australia participated in Day for Daniel Fun Run 2018 raising over $95,000.
 

"We are once again 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 Morcombe.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe will be available for Media Opportunities at Tamborine Mountain College at 8.45am. The thank you, launch and child safety presentation will take place from 9.00am.
 

The 2nd Day for Daniel Fun Run will be held on Friday, October 25 with the 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.


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 dayfordanielfunrun.com.au


ENDS


For more information contact: Tracey McAsey  0420 300 737, Email: tracey@danielmorcombe.com.au

 

Together We Can

Posted on 10 April 2019
Together We Can
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has launched #TogetherWeCan, a 4 week social media campaign that will run until the end of April 2019. 

The goal is to promote positive messages about what adults can do to prevent child sexual abuse and keep kids safe. 

Research indicates that between 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18.It is the responsibility of adults to keep children safe, this includes helping children to develop personal safety skills.

We will be sharing prevention messages, myth busting and encouraging conversations about what every day people can do to help children stay safe.

The community is invited to share strategies they use at home, in schools and the community to help children and young people to feel and be safe.  Get involved by visiting https://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/together-we-can.html

The Foundation's CEO, Holly Brennan says, "It seems unthinkable in today's day and age that we need to raise awareness about child sexual abuse but unfortunately there are many adults who still wouldn't recognise the signs or know how to talk to children about simple things like body ownership."

Child sexual abuse is preventable and #TogetherWeCan create a future in which it doesn't exist.

#TogetherWeCan has been funded by the Queensland Government, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women as part of the 2019 Sexual Violence Prevention Grants.

Media Opportunities are available on Wednesday 10th April at Daniel House, 7 Koorawatha Lane, Palmwoods.

#TogetherWeCan campaign page >

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For more information contact Tracey McAsey
Phone 0420 300 737
Email tracey@danielmorcombe.com.au
 

WE GIVE THANKS

Posted on 5 April 2019
WE GIVE THANKS
15 years and 4 months after Daniel left home and did not return, the Morcombe family remain enormously thankful to the community that has supported us. We recognise the extraordinary efforts of the Queensland Police Service and their determination to return him to his loved ones and ensure that whoever had abducted and murdered him were brought before the Courts.

A breakthrough was achieved after a dogged review of the key persons of interest by the Queensland  State Coroner Michael Barnes and his Counsel Peter Johns in Daniel Morcombe's Coronial Inquest. A subsequent Police investigative review coupled with the very public glare of the Inquest proved the catalyst for an amazing Queensland Police covert operation in partnership with West Australian Police that extracted not only a confession but a re-enactment of events on that fateful day.

The repulsive paedophile's callus description of what took place that day and what he did to our much loved Daniel is chilling to say the least. His words have scarred us and will haunt us all forever. However, from such a dark place we have managed to generate a momentum of hope. By harnessing the public's will for change, Daniel's Legacy lives on through the work of Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Day for Daniel, held nationally the last Friday of October, has grown to be Australia's largest and most influential child protection initiative. Each year more than 1,000,000 children, parents and educators join with us to keep kids safe.

We are forever grateful to the men and women of the SES who searched and searched and never gave up. We recognise the scientific experts and the legal process that got it right.

We thank the media for never forgetting Daniel. We acknowledge our legal representative Peter Boyce for his commitment and unwavering dedication to find the truth.

Today, collectively as a family we move on but individually we never forget. Daniel's brothers, Dean and Bradley in just 2 weeks trek Kokoda to raise vital funds to directly improve the lives of abused children.
Our family are determined to ensure all children are safe.

You can support their trek here >

Your donations will keep kids safe and are tax deductible.

Denise Morcombe OAM and Bruce Morcombe OAM
 

Catholic Schools Student Protection Symposium

Posted on 21 March 2019
Catholic Schools Student Protection Symposium
What: Toowoomba Catholic Schools Student Protection Symposium

Where: Highfields Cultural Centre

When: Thursday, 21 March 8.30am registration for 9.00am start

Speakers: Bruce and Denise Morcombe Daniel Morcombe Foundation 9.00am Opening Address
Judi Fallon Alannah and Madeleine Foundation 9.30 Keynote Address
Professor Stephen Smallbone Griffith University 11.00 Keynote Address

Purpose:
The purpose of the symposium is to provide information and training for over 140 principals and school student protection contacts who are employees that hold additional child protection responsibilities in their schools. 

The theme of the symposium is 'leading a child safe culture', recognising the importance of student protection at all levels of the organisation and our inherent responsibility to create and maintain safe environments for children.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe will be opening the day, providing an update of the important work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.  Judi Fallon from the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation will deliver a keynote address on Sexting and cyberbullying in schools.  Professor Stephen Smallbone will also deliver a keynote address on Abuse in Schools: Prevention is better for everyone.

In addition to keynote speakers, a range of practical workshops will be conducted over the day.  They include

  • child protection investigations and schools a police perspective
  • common mental health disorders in children and adolescents
  • Forever altered teaching children affected by trauma
  • Intake, assessment and schools: A Child Safety Perspective
  • Self-care, vicarious trauma and managing critical incidents
  • Investigation for resolution effective and supportive investigation processes
  • The role of a School Student Protection Contact (SSPC).
"Toowoomba Catholic Schools continues to strive for innovation and best practice in this important area.  The symposium is one example of our ongoing commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our students and supporting our staff members to continue to develop their knowledge and skills," said Dr Pat Coughlan, Executive Director: Catholic Schools, Diocese of Toowoomba.
 

Sophie Monk attending Dance for Daniel 2019

Posted on 8 March 2019
Sophie Monk attending Dance for Daniel 2019

Dance for Daniel 2019


The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is excited to announce that the incredibly talented, very lovely Sophie Monk will be Master of Ceremonies (MC) at our upcoming Dance for Daniel being held on Saturday 9th March at Brisbane City Hall. Bruce and Denise said "Looking forward to a fun night and to showcase the work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, meet our great supporters and raise important funds. Sophie will be a sensation, adding humour, class and glamour to the night"

Sophie added "I am thrilled to be the MC for Dance for Daniel again this year and I am also really excited that this year my boyfriend Josh Gross will be accompanying me to this very worthy event"

This will be Joshua Gross's first public appearance with Sophie Monk.

Sophie has also asked her good friend Matty Acton to help her out with her MC duties.

The Dance for Daniel is the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's major fund raising event of the year. These funds are used to further our aims of (1) educating children about personal safety, (2) assisting victims of crime particularly where that crime involves children.

This will be the Foundations' 14th Annual Gala Dinner Dance. We have previously held thirteen highly successful events and are confident the 14th Dance for Daniel will be our best ever. 

We are expecting over 450 guests to attend our 2019 Dance. Guests will be treated to a superb 3 course meal, beverages, an auction and excellent entertainment.

Please visit our website to view our latest newsletter as this contains news and information on our recent successes. www.danielmorcombe.com.au

 

Media Opportunity

What: DANCE FOR DANIEL 2019

When: Saturday March 9th

Time: 6pm

Where: Brisbane City Hall

By arrangement with: Tracey McAsey

Mobile: 0420 300 737

Email: tracey@danielmorcombe.com.au

 

Daniel House is Officially Opened

Posted on 15 February 2019
Daniel House is Officially Opened
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation held the Grand Opening of Daniel House in Palmwoods, Queensland today.

Bruce and Denise along with the Hon. Di Farmer officially opened Daniel House in front of 150 invited guests.  Guests included representatives of Queensland State Government, over 100 local businesses who had contributed to the Daniel House project and friends and supporters of the Morcombe Family and Foundation.

Daniel House is now the Foundation's National Office and includes the "Walk Tall" Program which offers free counselling services for child survivors of crime.

Denise said "We will be delivering free Child Counselling for the youngsters that have had a start to life that is not right in a modern Australia. Repairing these damaged lives and setting them on a path that will see them flourish is just so rewarding. This service is not just in Palmwoods but also reaches from Gympie to Caboolture."

Bruce said "We have so much opportunity to make a very real difference in saving young lives. We can now provide in-house film recording and online webinars. Modern, best practice, evidence based, responsive, effective, meaningful and engaging child safety education can be delivered in a very cost effect way right here, on-sight.'

Based on the Sunshine Coast, Daniel House will continue to deliver its' Keeping Kids Safe programs and resources and coordinate Australia's Largest National Day of Action on child safety awareness Day for Daniel.

Bruce said "Daniel's final resting place is just a few hundred meters from our ceremony this morning. Palmwoods has been, is and will continue to be the emotional heart of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation."

The State Government provided $900,000 in funding to help complete the build.  Over 100 local businesses from the Sunshine Coast have been very generous in contributing approximately $500,000 to the project making this a strong community project.

Minister Farmer said she was honoured to join with Bruce and Denise for the Daniel House opening and to provide State Government funding towards its construction.

"I know this beautiful building and the ongoing work of the foundation will be a lasting legacy to Daniel," she said.

"Bruce and Denise and all those involved in the Foundation should be rightly proud of the space they have created here and of their ongoing commitment to keeping our children safe.

"I look forward to hearing more about the great work that will be undertaken here."

Holly Brennan, CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation said "It is a privilege to have a home. A home that has been built by community to help children across Australia to grow up free from abuse. Daniel House will honour Daniel's legacy. We will work every day to prevent and respond to child abuse from our new hub."

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Media Opportunity

What: Grand Opening Daniel House

When: Friday February 15th

Time:             8.45am for Interviews and grabs with Bruce, Denise. the Hon. Di Farmer,
                      Holly Brennan CEO          
                      9.00am Tour of Daniel House vision
                      9.30am Grand Opening Ceremony commences

Please note:

There will be no interviews/grabs available from Bruce and Denise after the Grand Opening Ceremony.

Where: 7 Koorawatha Lane, Palmwoods

Who:

Bruce and Denise Morcombe

The Hon. Di Farmer Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

Holly Brennan CEO Daniel Morcombe Foundation



Tracey McAsey
Mobile 0420 300 737
Email tracey@danielmorcombe.com.au

 

 

Daniel Morcombe Foundation wins Unitywater sponsorship competition

Posted on 15 January 2019
Daniel Morcombe Foundation wins Unitywater sponsorship competition
After a well-contested public vote, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation has been named the winner of Unitywater's Community Stories competition.

The 18 local organisations that received support through Unitywater's Community Sponsorship Program in 2018 had the chance to receive a second round of funding this year. Each group told the story of their community project in a short video produced by Unitywater and the community was asked to pick their favourite.

The competition received 1364 votes and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation will now receive an additional $10,000 towards their Grandparents Together Initiative, which was developed in response to a growing need to support grandparents who had become carers for children.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation CEO Holly Brennan said: "Feeling safe and being safe is an activity booklet that has been developed specifically for grandparent families."

"It will help grandparents have conversations about personal safety with their grandchildren."

The resource has been distributed to more than 100 grandparent families on the Sunshine Coast and is now freely available on the Foundation's website. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

"Without the support of Unitywater this project would not have been possible," Ms Brennan said.

"The additional funding will allow us to continue to work with grandparent carers on the Sunshine Coast and provide hard copies of the activity booklet to those who may not access the online version."

Unitywater Acting Executive Manager Customer and Community Mark McInnes said the competition was a fantastic way to showcase the wonderful work of some local organisations in the community.

"We are very proud of our Community Sponsorship Program and are delighted to be able to assist groups that support others," he said.

"We're thrilled for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and are looking forward to hearing about the further success of such an important initiative in our community."

< Download the Resource booklet here > 



 

Daniel Morcombe Foundation supports proposal for public register of child sex offenders

Posted on 9 January 2019
Daniel Morcombe Foundation supports proposal for public register of child sex offenders
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has written to states and territories urging them to support his proposal for a national database of child sex offenders, saying parents should be able to see if sex criminals live nearby.


The Daniel Morcombe Foundation supports the call for an evidence based nationally consistent Public Register of Child Sex Offenders. This National Register is recommended alongside a comprehensive approach to reducing recidivism and preventing child sexual abuse.
 

Bruce and Denise Morcombe and the Morcombe Family personally have publicly supported and advocated for the development of a public sex offender register in Australia. Bruce and Denise Morcombe's call for the public register is referred to as Daniel's Law.


Bruce Morcombe said "Daniel's Law is gathering momentum.  This is a win for parents, carers and importantly our precious children. Today's announcement is music to my ears. Australia is one giant step closer to having a publicly accessible child sex offenders register." 


Denise Morcombe said "Bruce and I support the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton's announcement this morning and thank the Morrison government for this initiative. We also pay tribute to Senator Derryn Hinch for his relentless passion and unwavering focus to see a publicly accessible child sex offenders register in Australia."

Media are invited to attend a general press conference with Bruce and Denise Morcombe at Parliament Square Hobart at 1pm (Hobart Time).


The Daniel Morcombe Foundation welcomes the opportunity to join a Reference Group regarding the National Public Register of Child Sex Offenders as this consultation process continues.


Read the consultation paper:
https://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/daniel-s-law.html
 

 

Day for Daniel project recognised for promoting child safety and awareness across Australia

Posted on 29 November 2018

The Day for Daniel project today received a silver award in the community-led category of the 2018 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Awards (ACVPA).

The ACVPAs recognise best practice in the prevention or reduction of violence and other types of crime in Australia.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation Chief Executive Officer Holly Brennan said that Day for Daniel is Australia's largest child safety and awareness raising day. 

"It's a national day of action. We ask people to wear red and to educate children about personal safety," Ms Brennan said.

"We want to make Australia a safer place for all children. Our overall goal is to prevent children from experiencing abuse or if they have, helping them to identify this and talk to an adult who can help them," she added.

These annual awards recognise the outstanding contributions being made across Australia for crime prevention, including the development and implementation of practical projects to reduce violence and other types of crime in the community.
Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) Director Michael Phelan APM said that Day for Daniel provides families with a conversation starter and an opportunity to discuss safety strategies openly.

"This is a unique program that engages young people, educators, parents and carers to talk about abuse prevention skills, safety and protection strategies, and raise awareness around the incidence of and responses to child abuse," Mr Phelan said.
All projects are assessed each year by the ACVPA Board, which consists of senior law enforcement representatives from each state and territory police service, and chaired by the AIC Director.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, coordinated by the AIC and co-sponsored by the Ministerial Council for Police and Emergency Management.
For more information about the award winners, visit www.aic.gov.au/acvpa
 

 

Daniel Morcombe Foundation thanks local businesses for support of Daniel House

Posted on 23 November 2018

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is thanking 80 local businesses who have contributed in materials and services to help build Daniel House.

Daniel House is due to open in mid- February, it will be the Foundation's Administrative hub, and will include the "Walk Tall" Program which offers free counselling services for survivors of crime. 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.

The State Government provided $900,000 in funding to help complete the build.  Local businesses from the Sunshine Coast have been very generous in contributing approximately $500,000 to the project making this very much a community project.

Individuals and community groups have also contributed through the House for Daniel Buy a Brick Campaign which ran through September.

Bruce Morcombe said "Hats off to everyone, this is outstanding and a huge motivator for us to continue to deliver on the Foundation's aims.

Media are invited to attend the Daniel House Thank You Get Together at Maroochy Surf Club at 4.30pm on Friday 23rd November. Bruce and Denise Morcombe, Mayor Mark Jamieson,  Mr Ted O'Brien MP and Sophie Monk will be attending. 

CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation Holly Brennan said "We are honoured that the local building community has joined with us to help make Australia and the Sunshine Coast a safer place for all children. Child safety is everyone's business and the coast really takes that pledge to heart."
 

 
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